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This page contains helpful resources and disaster relief information for the storm-impacted community and businesses.

Click here for a list of resources and programs to help New Jersey citizens and businesses recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future natural disasters


Christie Administration Rolls Out Proposed Plans for Third Round of
Federal Sandy Recovery Funds Allocated to New Jersey by HUD

Details How State Will Complete RREM Program, Expand LMI Rental Programs

The Christie Administration today announced that it is proposing to spend $501.9 million in federal disaster recovery funds to include completing repairs on all eligible Sandy-damaged homes remaining in the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program and to expand the Fund for the Restoration of Multi-Family Housing (FRM) Program, which finances thousands of affordable rental units for low- to moderate-income (LMI) families. Additional funds will be allocated to the Sandy Special Needs Housing Fund and for tenant-based rental assistance.

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RREM / Grant Information

Other Recovery Assistance Information


Gap Funding Initiative ( )

Terms and Eligibility

  • Housing assistance grant awards of up to $30,000.
  • Applicants must have been approved for RREM funding and have signed a RREM Grant Agreement.
  • Applicants must have an 'unmet need' as determined in the 'Homeowner Award Calculation' prepared by the RREM program.
  • Applicant households must have an annual adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less or meet the criteria of a low-to-moderate income household as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Applicants must reside in one of the following counties in New Jersey: Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic or Cape May.
  • Applicants must utilize a 'RREM-Assigned Contractor' to complete construction.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received until all available award funds are committed.
  • Housing assistance grants may not be used to fund homeowner selected upgrades or to reimburse homeowners for previously incurred expenses.
  • Housing assistance grants will be placed in awardees' escrow accounts for disbursement during construction by the RREM escrow agent. Grant funds are applied last to the cost of construction, and unused grant funds will be returned to GFI.

Christie Administration Seeks Federal Approval To
Extend FEMA Temporary Housing Assistance
For New Jersey Families Displaced By Superstorm Sandy

Six-Month Extension Request Would Continue Assistance
Through October 31, 2014

Now Available: Applications for reNew Jersey Stronger Housing Grant Programs
State Grant Applications for elevations of primary residences are now available online.
Christie Administration Receives Federal Approval to Dedicate Additional Funds to Existing Housing Recovery Programs
Approximately 1,000 Waitlisted RREM Applicants and More Than 1,200 Waitlisted Resettlement Applicants Will Receive Federal Funds
Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program Step-by-Step
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
If you have been contacted with regards to your RREM Application and need a letter from the Borough's Flood Plain Manager Contact Peggy in the Building Department 732-222-0641
Elevating Homes To Protect From Future Storms
What New Jersey Homeowners Need To Know About The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Elevation Program
Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program Checklist
Christie Administration Adopts Rules to Expedite Recovery and Rebuilding Projects for Sandy Affected New Jerseyans
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM)
This program provides up to $150,000 for eligible Homeowners to repair, elevate or rebuild their primary residences in the affected communities.
Checklist for Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program
New Jersey Department of Health
Christie Administration Announces Housing Recovery Information Session in Monmouth County to Assist Homeowners Hard Hit by Superstorm Sandy
Information Session to Be Held in Middletown on October 14th to Answer RREM and LMI Program Applicants' Questions about Rebuilding Their Homes
Updated NFIP Reform Efforts and Claims Review Process  
The recertification process applies if the applicant either received financial assistance (rental funds) to rent an alternative place to live, or if the applicant received a FEMA-provided temporary housing unit.
Christie Administration Announces $57 Million Sandy Housing And Rental Assistance Program
New Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program Provides Up To $15,000 For Certain Housing Costs
Application Period Now Open for Households to Apply for Funding to Help Offset Cost of Winter Heating Bills
Christie Administration Announces National Flood Insurance Program Deadline Extension For Filing Sandy-Related Claims  
What You Need To Know About FEMA's New Flood Maps
Fewer Homes Listed In Highest Risk "V Zone" Areas
Sandy Living Expenses Voucher Program Delivers Relief To New Jersey's Working Families
The Christie Administration
FEMA Extends Deadline for Filing Proof-of-Loss Claims until April 28, 2014  
Pallone: Federal Government Will Now Allow Reimbursement to Sandy Victims for Repairs Made
Frequently asked questions on the reimbursement for Sandy victims for repairs made
Christie Administration Announces Sandy Homebuyer Assistance Program for Prospective Homebuyers
Christie Administration Expands 'reNew Jersey Stronger' Housing Initiative With $70 Million Landlord Rental Repair Program
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
RENTAL HOUSING FAIR - Residents Displaced by Superstorm Sandy  
Details of the Governor's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Plan  
Register to be included in State program updates and program application availability  
Information on the Governor's CDGB Disaster Recovery Action Plan for Superstorm Sandy  
HELP for those with Unresolved Non-Flood Insurance Claims Resulting from Superstorm Sandy  
Christie Administration's Clean Shores Program Targeting Urban Waterways as Part of Post-Sandy Debris Cleanup
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Christie Administration Launches $10 Million Predevelopment Loan Fund For Affordable Rental Housing To Revitalize Sandy-Impacted Communities
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
HOPE Coalition America - Free Financial Services Available for Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by Superstorm Sandy  
HOPE Coalition America - Free Disaster Recovery & Preparedness Services for Small Businesses Affected by Superstorm Sandy  
Christie Administration Adopts Rules to Expedite Recovery and Rebuilding Projects for Sandy Affected New Jerseyans
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Homeowner Resettlement:
This program provides a $10,000 grant award to eligible Homeowners whose primary residence was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. This program requires you to remain in or return to Sandy impacted communities.
Questions and Answers On Debris Removal from Waterways  
What You Need to Know about the Christie Administration's Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan  
Superstorm Sandy Assistance Notification Form - Register to Receive Updates
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
Information on the Governor's CDGB Disaster Recovery Action Plan for Superstorm Sandy
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
Mold Guidance for New Jersey Residents Recovering From Superstorm Sandy
New Jersey Department of Health
The Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding (GORR)
Things New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Survivors Should Know
Renters: Complete and Return SBA Applications
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Flood Elevation FAQs: New Jersey's Emergency Flood Elevation Rule download PDF
Enhanced Incentives Offered by New Jersey's Clean Energy Program
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Disaster Housing Assistance
New Jersey Housing Resource Center
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NJ211 Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Assistance Guide
NJ 2-1-1 Partnership
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Changes in the Flood Insurance Program Preliminary - Considerations for Rebuilding
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Did Hurricane Sandy Impact Your Business?
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
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Disaster Case Management Frequently Asked Questions
FEMA, Administration for Children and Families
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Do I Qualify for Disaster Survivor Assistance? download PDF
ELECTRIC Service Reconnection Procedures download PDF
Fact Sheet: Assistance to Individuals and Households
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Fact Sheet: Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program
FEMA, Individual Assistance Division
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Fact Sheet: Disaster Case Management
FEMA, Administration for Children and Families
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Fact Sheet: Disaster Legal Services
FEMA, Individual Assistance Division
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Fact Sheet: Disaster Loans
U. S. Small Business Administration
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Fact Sheet: Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
FEMA, Individual Assistance Division
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Fact Sheet: Transitional Shelter Assistance
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NJ American Water Co. - Homeowners Impacted by Hurricane Sandy Asked to Contact New Jersey American Water download PDF



Mold Guidance for New Jersey Residents Recovering From Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Department of Health most recently released a Mold Guidelines for New Jersey Residents pamphlet created to provide direction to residents on addressing mold in homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. In addition, the Department is announcing a series of training classes in cooperation with the UMDNJ School of Public Health to assist homeowners, volunteers and public health and building code officials in mold removal and assessment.

Molds can cause staining of walls and ceilings and can affect building components causing property damage. Exposure to mold can cause nasal and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.

The pamphlet addresses a number of topics including mold-related health concerns, how to inspect for mold and tools and techniques for clean-up. For example:

The pamphlet also includes checklists on inspection services and mold remediation to help guide residents in steps they should take when addressing mold problems in their home. The guidance also contains tips and questions to ask when hiring a consultant or remediation contractor that will help residents evaluate these professionals. Tips include:

Residents can receive copies of the pamphlet by visiting or calling 609-826-4950. This guidance was developed with feedback from state and federal partners as well as environmental health advocacy organizations. The brochure will also be distributed to local and county health departments and other stakeholders. A copy of the brochure can also be found attached to the release. Residents can also call 609-826-4950 to speak with the Department's Environmental and Occupation Health Assessment Program staff about mold removal questions.

To further address the issue of mold, the Department has provided UMDNJ-School of Public Health with a $125,000 grant to provide free training on mold assessment and removal for homeowners, volunteers and public health and building code officials. There will be 25 classes for homeowners and volunteers and 10 classes held for public health and building code officials. Through these classes, UMDNJ expects to train 1,000 homeowners and volunteers and 500 public health and building code officials.

Classes for Public Health and Building Code officials begin this month and registration information is posted on the New Jersey Learning Management Network website

Upcoming dates for free training are listed below:

Registration information for classes for homeowners and volunteers is listed on the UMDNJ-School of Public Health website and the Department of Health Hurricane Recovery website at  Topics covered in this training includes awareness of mold, safe work practices, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and best practices for remediation.

Upcoming dates for free training for Residents are:

For more information on these classes, please contact Mitchel Rosen at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health at

The Department continues to work with numerous state and federal partners to address the health issues the state faces during this recovery phase.

For more information on Department of Health Sandy Recovery initiatives, please visit:


List of Assets: Resources and programs to help New Jersey citizens and businesses recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future natural disasters

For urgent safety issues residents should call 911 or the New Jersey Emergency Response Hotline (800-JERSEY-7). The hotline’s backup numbers are 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471. For non-emergency issues and updated news and bulletins, residents can call the New Jersey 2-1-1 help line or visit For emergency-related news, they can also follow @nj211 on Twitter.

FEMA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website,, has the latest news and information on the disaster in New Jersey. Also, ‘like’ the FEMA Facebook page, and/or follow @FEMASandy on Twitter. has links to community resources, government directories and alerts.

NEW JERSEY STATE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS - The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s website,, contains links to the Department of Community Affairs’ Block Grant plan and the state Public Assistance program. Search JERSEY on Facebook to find the OEM’s page, and @ReadyNJ on Twitter for news update. The NJOEM also published a blog, which can be accessed at The New Jersey State Police can be found at; @NJSP on Twitter; and at “New Jersey State Police” on Facebook.

FOOD ASSISTANCE - End Hunger NJ ( has a statewide food bank database. Community Food Bank of New Jersey:; “Food Bank of NJ” on Facebook; @CFBNJ on Twitter. Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties: 732-918-2600;; “foodbankmoc” on Facebook. Food Bank of South Jersey:; “Food Bank of South Jersey” on Facebook; @foodbankSJ on Twitter. Ocean City, New Jersey C.A.R.E. Project: 855-622-2730;; “OCNJCARE” on Facebook.

GENERAL HEALTH AND WELFARE - The Department of Health and Human Services has a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Page: Search for “State of New Jersey EMS Taskforce” on Facebook, and @NJEMSTF on Twitter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page for hurricane preparedness and response at: Search for “CDC” on Facebook and follow @CDCEmergency on Twitter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a hotline accessible by calling 800-321-OSHA (6742). has information on keeping workers safe during recovery and cleanup operations. The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross has its own website at: Follow “Red Cross” on Facebook and @RedCross on Twitter.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - The New Jersey Directory of Mental Health Services is online at in three parts. For children/youth services through the State of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families, visit or call 877-652-7624 for questions or to apply for services for developmentally disabled children. New Jersey Mental Health Cares ( has updated listings of public mental health providers in the state. Call hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357).

CHILDREN - The non-profit New Jersey Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies is an organization representing child care groups serving New Jersey. Call the hotline at 800-332-9227; visit; or find and like “NJ Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies” on Facebook. Contact the state Department of Education at 609-292-2070 if you have not been able to enroll your child in school in the town where you are currently living or if you have not been able to return to your home school district.

SENIOR CITIZENS - The Division of Aging Services administers federal and state-run services for senior citizens. It also oversees the 21 Area Agencies of Aging in each county in the state, which develop coordinated community-based systems. Call 877-222-3737 or; “AARP” on Facebook, @AARP on Twitter. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services provides up-to-date information about natural disasters, extreme weather and emergencies for those with Medicare and Medicaid.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES OR ACCESS AND FUNCTIONAL NEEDS - The State of New Jersey has several agencies that deal with different groups of people who are disabled or have access and functional needs:
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Call 877-685-8878 or visit Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Call 800-792-8339 or visit The Division of Developmental Disabilities places its main focus on people with mental disabilities, including conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, and spina bifida, as well as those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries: Call 800-832-9173 or visit for updated information on programs and to apply for assistance. The Division of Disability Services focuses on people who became disabled as adults. Call 888-285-3036 or visit Good Neighbors, Community Living For People with Disabilities is the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ public education program. Call 877-DHS-LINE (347-5463) or visit for program information. The New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council is a separate entity under the New Jersey Department of Labor. It has locations serving all 21 counties in New Jersey and the cities of Camden and Newark. Visit to find contact information for a CIL (Center for Independent Living) near you. The New Jersey Group for Access and Integration Needs in Emergencies and Disasters (NJ GAINED) is an advisory board to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Call 609-963-6818 or visit for information on NJ GAINED projects and the organization’s strategic plan.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH - The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides documents and resources in English, Spanish and Vietnamese that address emergency preparedness in hurricane and flood situations. Links are at The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has a Sandy Resources page ( with fact sheets and information on the buyout program, home elevations and beach replenishments.  The Environmental Protection Agency has a Sandy section on its website: Find “EPA” on Facebook, follow @EPAgov on Twitter or call 888-283-7626.

LEGAL SERVICES - Legal Services of New Jersey ( provides free civil legal assistance to low-income New Jersey residents. They have a special New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Hotline at 888-222-5765.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES - Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Hudson, Cumberland, Bergen and Union counties have established Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which is an organization of volunteer groups, and/or Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRC), which coordinate volunteer and private sector efforts to help residents recover from disasters.

We hope this information will help you to help your neighbors.