PATERSON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) released the following statement after today's announcement from U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD’s approval of New Jersey’s disaster recovery plan to help homeowners and businesses following Hurricane Sandy. Funded through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, New Jersey’s action plan calls for a $1.83 billion investment to support a variety of housing, infrastructure and business activities.
"New Jersey is now one step further down the path of recovery following Sandy's devastation," stated Pascrell. "For three long months, I fought tirelessly to make sure New Jersey residents received the federal assistance they desperately needed to get their lives back on track. With this federal aid now hitting communities, families in New Jersey can finally begin to put their lives back together, businesses that were shuttered can begin to open their doors, and communities can start the long term mitigation projects that will make us better prepared for the next storm.
"In order to prevent any waste or abuse of this funding, I strongly urge the federal government to impose strict accountability measure to make sure aid is getting in the hands of eligible storm victims. I will also be keeping a close eye on these funds to ensure they are disbursed fairly and that residents in communities like Moonachie and Little Ferry get the assistance they need."