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February 4, 2014

RE: DCA Issues Spending Plan Proposal for Sandy Recovery Funding

Dear Mayor:

On Monday, State officials released an action plan proposal, which would govern how the next round of Federal Sandy Recovery monies will be spent. (Specifically, $1.463 Billion from the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program – administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and intended to address “unmet needs” not satisfied by other recovery resources.)  The State’s 100 page Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan (as proposed and then approved) is now available for public review at www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/action/. It is available in English and Spanish.

For those who otherwise cannot obtain a copy of this Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan, the Department of Community Affairs will make copies available upon request. Requests for copies should be directed to the following address:

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
1st Floor Information Desk
101 South Broad Street
Trenton, New Jersey, 08625

The State will consider any comments received in writing or via email on the proposed Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan. Comments on the proposed Plan will be accepted until March 5, 2014 at 5 p.m.. Written comments may be submitted to the Department of Community Affairs via email at Sandy.publiccomment@dca.state.nj.us, or to the attention of Gabrielle Gallagher, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, Post Office Box 800, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0800. A summary of all comments received and responses will be included in the final version of this Substantial Amendment submitted for approval.

While HUD has required the State to hold at least one public hearing to solicit comments on this Substantial Amendment, the State plans to hold three public hearings at locations across the State. Hearings will be held:

  • February 11, 2014; Stockton University (Atlantic County); 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205; Performing Arts Center; 4–7 pm
  • February 12, 2014; New Jersey Institute of Technology (Essex County); 150 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ 07102; Campus Center; 5:30–8:30 pm
  • February 13, 2014; Brookdale Community College (Monmouth County); Robert J. Collins Arena; 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738; 4–7 pm

In order to accommodate all participants, pre-registration for the public hearing is strongly encouraged. Participants may pre-register at http://www.formsite.com/dcanet/form57/index.html. Those who need accessibility accommodations are advised to contact the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs at sandy.recovery@dca.state.nj.us or call 609-292-3750.

In addition to housing and economic development needs, the proposal focusses a great deal of attention on storm-compromised infrastructure. It notes unmet energy infrastructure needs totaling $5.6 Billion, unmet flood hazard mitigation needs totaling $5 Billion, unmet transportation infrastructure needs of $3.7 Billion and unmet water and wastewater infrastructure needs of $2.6 Billion. It also notes the need to support vital local and county services.

Given the unmet needs and the amount of available CDBG-DR funding, the plan would dedicate$535 million to infrastructure programs, $490 million to homeowner assistance, $245 million to rental housing programs, $105 million to support local and county programs (including essential public services, unsafe structures demolition and zoning and code enforcement), $5 million for a tourism marketing campaign and $83 million for program planning and oversight.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of our Governmental Relations team at 609-695-3481 – Director Michael Cerra at ext. 120 or mcerra@njslom.com; Senior Legislative Analyst Lori Buckelew at ext. 112 or lbuckelew@njslom.com; or Senior Legislative Analyst Jon Moran at ext. 121 or jmoran@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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