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Loss of $1B in federal Sandy aid could mean 9500 city homes not rebuilt: report

By Erin Durkin
April 27, 2014

The report from Alliance for a Just Rebuilding estimates that impact of the proposal by Department of Housing and Urban Development to shift $1B or more of the $3.6B left of Sandy aid to a ‘national resiliency competition’ that other states could apply for. Local politician calls idea ‘absolutely outrageous.’

The $1 billion in Sandy aid the feds may yank from New York could mean 9500 city homes don’t get rebuilt, a new report warns.

The advocacy group Alliance for a Just Rebuilding predicts thousands of homeowners could go without needed aid if the city is shut out of further rebuilding cash in a report to be released Monday.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed spending $1 billion or more of the $3.6 billion it still has in Sandy aid on a “national resiliency competition” that other states could apply to instead of sending it straight to the storm-damaged region.

The idea sparked outrage among local lawmakers.

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“Every dollar intended for New York City should remain in New York City to ensure that the survivors of Sandy, particularly those on the brink of homelessness and struggling to survive, are not permanently left behind,” the report says.

“Forcing people to compete for sorely needed aid will only further scar and harm families that have been in the grips of despair since the immediate aftermath of Sandy.”

The group is launching an online petition to oppose moving the funding.

“Shifting vital resources away from Sandy victims towards competitions and games is absolutely outrageous,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), chair of the Sandy recovery committee.

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