Report: Hundreds of Area Homes Sustained Sandy Damage
New data released by the state Department of Community Affairs breaks down Sandy-related damage by municipality.
In New Jersey, the Manahawkin and Barnegat areas sustained a large number of damaged housing from Superstorm Sandy, as more than 1,300 units were affected in Manahawkin - many in Beach Haven West - and 78 in Barnegat, according to an interactive map of destruction compiled by njspotlight.com.
Of those homes in Stafford, 19 were severely damaged — meaning they were impacted by more than $28,800, according to data provided by the state Department of Community Affairs.
In Stafford Township:
- 1,301 total homes were damaged — 121 homes had minor damage; 118 had major damage; 19 were severe
- There were 258 total rental units with damage.
- 1,144 businesses were impacted
According to the key, major damage includes homes that suffered $8,000 to $28,800 in damages while severe is more than $28,800.
The data notes that nearly 87,000 housing units were damaged statewide, about 12,500 of those were either destroyed or sustained major damage. At least 1,000 residences were damaged in 24 municipalities in seven counties. Nearly 400,000 businesses were impacted, as well.
The DCA released its action plan for spending billions of dollars in Community Block Grant Disaster Recover funds on Tuesday. The initial phase will provide $1.8 billion to help more than 20,000 homeowners, 5,000 renters, 10,000 businesses, as well as municipalities impacted by the storm.
“This plan puts into motion the specific actions we’ve been designing to get relief out as quickly as possible to our Sandy-impacted homeowners and businesses – to reconstruct, rehabilitate and elevate homes, and to get over hurdles for our small businesses to get up and running again,” Gov. Chris Christie said.
More than 50 percent of the funding will be dedicated to low-to-moderate-income households. Additionally, 80 percent of the funds will be dedicated to the nine most heavily impacted counties in the state, which includes Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.
The Action Plan has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval. Once approved, the state will provide a detailed outline to guide spending.
“These programs have been carefully, but quickly designed to fill the unmet needs faced by our residents to rebuild in a safer, more enduring way, to strengthen our impacted local economies going into this summer, and to help preserve the unique character of our shore communities as we’ve known them,” Christie said.
To view the Action Plan, visit the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ website at www.nj.gov/dca.