An official who helped New Orleans rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is offering some perspectives on the challenges facing New Jersey, in recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
James Perry is executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. He says rebuilding from Sandy will be difficult, but he’s urging residents not to give up.
“Everyone has to exercise patience because this is probably the most difficult process that people will experience over the course of their lives. For folks who’ve had their homes destroyed by this disaster, recovery will not be easy and it will take a very long time,” he said.
Perry says while government programs to help homeowners recover from Sandy are going slowly, they can make communities stronger than they were before the storm.
His concern with the New Jersey recovery plan is whether it provides for enough affordable housing so there are opportunities for low and middle income residents to find a place to live.