Tell Your State Reps: Get storm survivors home–and let them stay.


​Everyone deserves a full and fair recovery. We need a mortgage forbearance and aid that covers all of us, so storm survivors can get home and stay home.  ​

In the decade between Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Ida, survivors are struggling to get home and whole. We know best what’s broken with our disaster recovery system – and we know how to fix it.

Here’s what’s broken: Ida families are still waiting on the crucial aid they need to rebuild their lives after the storm, while 2,000 Sandy families are still locked in financial limbo by “clawback” recoupments. Meanwhile, mortgage forbearance, a lifeline to help survivors  who can’t live in their homes or are paying rent and a mortgage, is not guaranteed.

It doesn’t have to be this way. 

Here’s how we fix it: Take our common-sense solutions and make them law. We’re fighting to pass two bills that would do exactly that. 

  • The Disaster Appropriation Bill will cover urgent recovery needs for both Ida and Sandy survivors. We’re asking the state for $100 million more in rental assistance, reimbursement, and more flexible funding for Ida, and $22 million to finally forgive Sandy clawbacks.
  • The Mortgage Forbearance Bill will allow us the time and money we need to regain much-needed stability while our damaged homes are repaired. New Jerseyans impacted by storms and flooding should not be forced to choose whether to feed our families or keep a roof over our heads. We’ve made this happen before for Superstorm Sandy – now Ida survivors deserve a fair shake too. 

Want details? Dig in over here: opens in a new windowTwo new bills for storm recovery in 2023 – NJOP 

We gain strength by standing together, and that’s exactly what we will do. Tell your representatives that these solutions matter to you. We win because everyday people who are busy, tired, and stressed, who are dealing with a broken disaster recovery system jump in the ring and say ‘this stops with us.’

13 Comments Add yours

  1. 1 James Russo says:

    after 10years or more its time to give me my home back and for give the clawback that i have proved over and over again that i do not owe you James N Russo

  2. 1 GN says:

    To all Sandy Survivors: I recommend filing an OPRA request to verify your grant calculations. Specifically for ISI Form 6 and your ECR with pricing. I recently did this; the information was overwhelming….

    1. 1 ECHEBIRI GEORGE says:

      We need your help

  3. 1 Julia Morales-Abbud says:

    Please pass the BILL NOW!

  4. 1 Yesenia says:

    More help for the ones that need it that have been applying for everything especially for cars or outside of house

  5. 1 Talaat Khatab says:

    I need more help to recover from storm Ida … I lost a lot and most of all .. I lost my only car ( it was all flooded) .

  6. 1 Rekha says:

    Please provide us more help to relocate. we lost cars first floor was total damage. Water was up to 8 feet.

  7. 1 Dee Griffin says:

    I lost a lot because of Ida and my hvac unit was discovered too late to claim and I don’t have funds to replace it

  8. 1 Dominique-Faith W says:

    There is a natural reaction to lingering issues like this that the public becomes desensitized to the needs or that it become totally forgotten. However, the long term affects to not only those directly affect, but the community as a whole last generations. The reality is that by not addressing those who have home needs we are learning, it rolls into an economic and a health crisis. The community of the people who wait for assistance deserve the support from everyone and we deserve to support ourselves by supporting them. What comes goes around because in the end we are all one. That’s how I see this issue.

  9. 1 Fred Goepel says:

    Please support the citizens, taxpayers and voters who support you!

  10. 1 Deirdre Berdetta says:

    For us Sandy survivors, we need the SBA duplication of benefits to be removed. RREM forced us to apply for SBA loans in order to be eligible for the grant. Then our grants were reduced due to the LOANS. And now we’re still getting clawbacks 11 years later. We need help. We’re victims at every step.

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