Sandy Funds: Feds Send, Some Abscond, Poor Get No Relief

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 18:13 PM
February 5, 2014

Hurricane_Sandy_half-house    Suspicions arise over ways in which Hurricane Sandy relief funds have reached only a few higher economic families. The poor are generally left behind. No systems are in place to account for relief funds or to question why those Sandy victims most in need of relief have been left far behind, still living ‘on streets.’

An honest report on unpaid relief funds for New Jersey Hurricane victims is from a ‘disappearing’ cnig.org website, titled ‘Hurricane Sandy:  Housing Needs One Year Later.’  That site says its data summarizes survey findings “to measure the ongoing impact of Hurricane Sandy, one year after the storm made landfall.”

It states that “39% of all household damaged in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut area affected by the storm, 50% of low-income households, 50% of all renter households–– all said that the building damage had not been fully repaired. 16% of all households reported health problems or mental distress” from Sandy.

Eight percent say they have lost jobs or income because of the storm.  “32% of renters in damaged buildings reported they wanted to move after the storm, but were forced to remain because of their lease agreement.” Is that enforceable?

Urgently important for other contemporary investigations in the state of New Jersey:  “Housing damage was most pervasive in New Jersey, with 27% of households reporting the damage to their home or building.

“This is in comparison to only 14% of New York State households and 9% of Connecticut household reporting damage.  As demonstrated in the charts below, repair progress in New Jersey lags slightly behind the other two states, with only 57% of household reporting completely repaired damage.”

Gretcen Barrett of phillyburbs.com writes:  “The majority of New Jersey residents are still woefully unprepared CONEYSTORM1sub-color-articleLarge (3)for such a massive storm and for days (in some cases weeks) without heat, power and public transportation, or the ensuing food and fuel shortages.” But The New York Times Editorial Board takes it further:

“Civil rights groups in New Jersey filed a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in April charging that the state plan for distributing Hurricane Sandy recovery aid discriminated against blacks and Hispanics who lost their homes in the storm.”

What this situation needs is the kind of detective work shown in Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout.  What happened to New Jersey Hurricane funds?  Why haven’t more of them been distributed? Why have wealthy projects that received little or no storm damage received millions to repair what is not broken?  Why have poor neighborhoods received little or no state, private or federal aide? etc. etc.

Many Scriptures in God’s Holy Word demands care of the poor first:  “. . . I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide . . . to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land (Deuteronomy 15: 11).” Why then do some political leaders wonder when judgment unexpectedly falls upon them?

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