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NeighborWorks published Navigating the Road to Housing Recovery, a comprehensive guide to resources and informative tutorial that has been structured to help hurricane survivors make educated decisions about rebuilding, relocating, rental options, insurance-related matters and home repairs. The guide is divided into four sections and organized in a manner that encourages readers to go to the sections that address their most pressing concerns. It will be updated as new resources become available.
Many homes did not survive the storm. Other homes are in need of major repairs. Below is information about programs and services in our state that will help you answer the question, "Where am I going to live now?" As we receive notification of special events or new housing programs we will post it to this page, our housing assistance page or financial help for homes and business page, depending upon the nature of the information.
Below are other resources you can explore as you try to find alternate living arrangements.
The NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has devoted several pages of their website to addressing the housing needs of hurricane survivors. Learn more here.
NJ Housing Resource Center (NJHRC) is an online, housing information clearinghouse designed to help all New Jerseyans with their housing-related needs. Landlords throughout New Jersey are opening their available properties to Hurricane Sandy victims. Many of these properties are now listed on the NJHRC. The site hosts information on available properties statewide, and the database is updated daily. Searches on the database can be narrowed to limit your results to include a specific type of housing unit and the site includes maps and pictures and is updated bi-weekly to give an accurate reflection of housing availability in our state. Visit the NJHRC website and click on "Find Housing" or call 877.428.8844 for more housing information. View NJHRC flyer on housing post Hurricane Sandy.
The FEMA Housing Portal is intended to help individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), private organizations, and the public, to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area. Once you find a suitable listing, call to see if it is still available. Visit the FEMA Housing Portal.
FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP)
Under the FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP), temporary housing assistance was available during the intermediate period (up to 18 months from the disaster declaration date, subject to extension at the request of the FEMA Regional Administrator and approval by the FEMA Assistant Administrator for Recovery) between emergency sheltering and the securing of a permanent housing solution by the disaster survivor. If sufficient rental resources are available in the impacted area, rental properties may be able to satisfy the bulk of the temporary housing needs. However, if the damage is significant, and existing local rental resources are insufficient to meet the needs of the displaced population, FEMA may provide direct temporary housing assistance to eligible disaster survivors.
All FEMA Individual Assistance Programs are coming to a close as of April 30, 2014 EXCEPT for the direct assistance provided through the Temporary Housing Program. This program affects 60 families who are currently living at Fort Monmouth, Megill, and mobile housing units. In these cases temporary housing will be provided through August 31, 2014, but families must pay rent starting on May 1.
Housing Assistance for Homeless Veterans
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Program provides permanent housing and ongoing case management treatment services for homeless Veterans who require these supports to live independently. This program allows Veterans and their families to live in Veteran-selected apartment units and provides for the most vulnerable Veterans. It is especially helpful to Veterans with families, women Veterans, recently returning Veterans and Veterans with disabilities. Learn more about HUD-VASH.
Learn about other housing options on NJ 2-1-1 housing-related web pages.
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Page last reviewed/modified on 3.17.14