Case settled over low-income Sandy aid in NJ

New Jersey will provide more aid to low-income homeowners and renters still displaced by Superstorm Sandy under a settlement with the federal government.

The state also will direct more aid to the hardest-hit counties, and conduct new reviews of every application to the state’s main storm recovery grant program that was rejected.

Civil rights and housing advocates filed a complaint this year with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over how New Jersey was using its Sandy relief funds.

Friday’s settlement requires the state to add $215 million to build replacement homes, and gives priority to cases in Ocean, Monmouth and Atlantic counties.

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It provides $15 million for renters still displaced by the storm, and guarantees better communication with non-English speakers.

The state didn’t immediately comment.

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