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HUD Assists Sandy Victims at DRCs in New Jersey - Atlantic Highlands Herald
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Monmouth County

Two new Disaster Recovery Centers to open in Little Egg Harbor and Harvey Cedars

31 DRCs continue operating from 9 am to 7 pm except Bay Head hours from 8am to 5 pm; multiple agencies - federal and state - remain on site to offer guidance and assistance

Lincroft, NJ - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development continues to provide housing guidance and assistance to Hurricane Sandy victims in need.  HUD volunteers travelled to New Jersey from all over the country- missing Thanksgiving with their own families - to contribute their knowledge of HUD programs at Disaster Recovery Centers in New Jersey.

Currently, there are 31 Disaster Recovery Centers open in New Jersey. Eighteen HUD volunteers serve at the centers where they are needed most. Two new DRCs will open in Little Egg Harbor and Harvey Cedars, in Ocean County.

The first thing any New Jerseyan should do if they need disaster assistance is register with FEMA.  To register or follow up on previous applications, individuals can register at www.disasterassistance.gov<http://www.disasterassistance.gov/> or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Persons can also receive assistance and guidance from multiple federal and state agencies at any Disaster Recovery Center.

In Union Beach, NJ, one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, a HUD volunteer from Fort Worth, Texas, was able to help a family of eight that thought they would be on the street for Thanksgiving. They had been in the process of moving to a rental unit in Monmouth County when Sandy struck and their new rental was destroyed. They were in a hotel, but had been told there was no more assistance available and they would have to be out by noon.   The volunteer suggested that they get a copy of their lease to prove they were residents, which they had faxed to the Disaster Recovery Center.  FEMA was then able to continue the family's housing assistance.

HUD has been working hard to assist Sandy victims by:
Instructing all Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgagees to expedite the release of insurance proceeds to homeowners to begin the rebuilding process;
Granting a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of FHA-insured mortgages; and
Issuing guidance to help families with FHA-insured mortgages struggling to repair or rebuild their homes in the wake of a major disaster, plus directing lenders to release insurance proceeds to borrowing rather than to apply those payments to bring delinquent mortgages current.
For all Hurricane Sandy-related HUD assistance, please visit the HUD website at:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/sandy