NEPTUNE, N.J. –Less than two months into the New Jersey hurricane recovery efforts more than $200 million in assistance has been approved, announced state and federal officials.
“Recovering from a disaster is never easy,” said William L. Vogel, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "We're confident that a significant number of those affected by this year’s disasters have taken the important first steps towards renewing lives and property.”
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and FEMA provided the following summary of assistance as of Oct. 26:
• 43,816 registrations have been approved for federal assistance, averaging more than 780 households per day since the disaster declaration on August 31.
• Nearly $134 million in Housing Assistance for housing-related needs and repairs.
• More than $11 million in Other Needs Assistance for other necessary expenses and serious needs (i.e. personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eye glass replacement, funeral and burial expenses).
• More than $57 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans to nearly 1,400 households and businesses. The average amount per household is nearly $37,000.
• More than $11,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been given to those whose work has been interrupted by the disaster.
Twelve Disaster Recovery Centers remain open throughout New Jersey. To find the nearest location, visit: FEMA DRC Locator.
Public Assistance – to help rebuild roads, bridges, utilities, and other public infrastructure – currently totals more than $1.2 million. Not all public projects resulting from the disaster are completed at this time; more than 4,000 projects are expected statewide.
“We're glad to see these first steps to rebuild and repair infrastructure in impacted counties,” said State Coordinating Officer Lt. Paul Miller, of NJOEM. “There is a lot more work that will be done in the months to come.”
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.