VIDEO: A Hurricane Sandy Success Story, In Ocean County

Talking to Chasing New Jersey, one Hurricane Sandy victim has a message for people who still find it impossible to make progress on their personal recovery from the storm

"Write letters to the papers!"

That's the message one Hurricane Sandy victim has for people who still find it impossible to make progress on their personal recovery from the storm.

During Superstorm Sandy, Fred Shaffer’s Little Egg Harbor home was destroyed when it took on 4 feet of water. As a result, he and his wife were forced to live in a trailer next their uninhabitable home for the past 18 months while they worked to rebuild a new house, according to Chasing New Jersey on My9.

Shaffer said finally they’re set to move into their new home any day now and it was all made possible by a $150,000 grant they received from the Department of Community Affairs $600 million dollar Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation program set up to aid for New Jersey Sandy victims, according to My9.

“On October 16, I was called up to Lakewood and as I walked in they just said to me, ‘you’re Fred Shaffer congratulations, you’re getting the grant’,” he explained to My9.
Mattie April 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM
The grant may be $150,000, but that doesn't mean the homeowner can't put in money of their own. Considering the age of the man in the video, there's a good chance he had paid the mortgage off (or close to it) on the original home, and may have been able to throw in another 50,000 or more out of pocket. Remember, it's just the house itself, not the land (cost) at this point; maybe it's a manufactured home, or not very big on square feet. It doesn't look like a "big" house, although it is really high up, and personally, I think that pretty much ruins the look of the house. But I guess that's how it needs to be to live that close to the shore?
John Eric Mangino April 21, 2014 at 06:02 PM
If you use a manufactured home you have to use your contractor. if you use Hud No you can not . Why? Is the question ..same grant money isn it . But Hud wont approve hurricane rated home manufactured homes .. You have ask your self why ??.Why the double standards? Thats a stick built model being offered I believe from Walthers Homes
KMurray April 23, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Kathleen, the commentator states that there is "still an issue with flood insurance being subsidized". John, no one says this is an $150,000 house. I heard them bring quite a bit of attention to the fact that most of us are still waiting in that story. Did we all watch the same video?
Mattie April 24, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Just got word this week that my sister's Silverton home won't even be demolished until some time in JULY!! WTH? She's been completely qualified, approved and allotted the grant money (to add to her insurance and flood insurance pay-outs) since the end of OCTOBER!! Now they're claiming the house will "probably be done" by the end of September... Does anyone realize that will take it to 23 months after the storm?? Yeah, Christie's doing a FINE job of restoring the shore, isn't he?


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