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New Jersey to receive disaster assistancePosted On Wed, April 28, 2010
The Northeast experienced some of the worst recorded storms in history last week and New Jersey was no exception.
The heavy rain has caused much damage to homes and businesses. On Monday, April 5, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it will provide federal disaster assistance to 12 counties in New Jersey.
The torrential storms caused residents to be displaced from their homes and the disaster assistance will help those homeowners and low-income renters repair damages, find temporary housing and make low-cost loans available to cover uninsured property losses. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said that "families who may have been forced from their homes need to know that help is available to begin the rebuilding process." Donovan also said that "whether it’s foreclosure relief for FHA-insured families or helping these counties to recover, HUD stands ready to help in any way we can."
Other states to receive disaster assistance due to heavy rains and flooding are Massachusetts, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
The National Flood Insurance Program ended on March 28 after Congress adjourned for a break without voting on an extension of the program. The NFIP was a provision included in the unemployment benefits bill Congress was unable to agree upon.
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