Friday, August 12 2022

New Jersey wants to hear from residents who were affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida last summer.

If you are part of this pool, your contribution will not only help the state develop a plan for how to use federal funding; it will get your state radar information, so it knows you want assistance when recovery and mitigation programs come online.

The Department of Community Affairs says there is no deadline for the registration survey, but DCA is responsible for submitting an action plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by September 28, 2022, on the use of $228 million in the federal government. Funding for the Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant that was officially awarded to New Jersey in May. Feedback from victims before this date may help DCA draft their plan.

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Ida has resulted in major disaster declarations for residents, businesses and local governments in Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties.

Since then, people have been able to withdraw from their personal flood insurance policies and seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Small Business Administration. CDBG-DR funds are “last in” dollars.

“Seventy percent of the $228 million allocated to New Jersey by HUD is to be spent on low-to-moderate income residents,” noted DCA Deputy Commissioner Sam Viavattine.

The survey data may also help direct FEMA’s Risk Mitigation Grant program funding more toward unmet needs related to Ida’s recovery. Governor Phil Murphy in May announced $50 million in those funds for Blue Acres buyouts.

DCA says the survey, which is available in multiple languages, is currently required for people who want to apply for future Ida recovery and mitigation programs once they have started. The survey, however, is not an application.

Use this link to complete the survey.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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