The purpose of this Transparency section is to provide information on the policies, procedures and funding expenditures of the following Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) programs:
- Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program
- Low-to-Moderate Income Homeowners Rebuilding (LMI) Program
- Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing (FRM) Program
- Sandy Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program
Pursuant to New Jersey Senate Bill number S.2825, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has prepared this report for the Governor and Legislature. This report details the availability of currently uncommitted CDBG-DR funds and other funds to provide recovery and rebuilding program applicants with interim assistance for mortgage payments and rent. Please click here to access the report.
The State of New Jersey continues to prioritize funding housing recovery programs. Therefore, of the $4,174,429,000 of CDBG-DR funds that the State has been allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 61% has been dedicated to both homeowner and renter focused recovery programs.
RREM Program: The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program was initially allocated $600 million to provide grant awards to eligible homeowners for activities necessary to restore their storm-damaged homes. Through subsequent rounds of CDBG-DR funding and the transferring of funds from various recovery programs, the RREM Program is now allocated a total of $1.30 billion across all three rounds of CDBG-DR funding.
LMI Program: The Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Homeowner Rebuilding Program was initially allocated $40 million in the second round of CDBG-DR funding to provide grant awards to eligible LMI homeowners for activities necessary to rebuild or rehabilitate their storm-damaged homes. Through a subsequent round of CDBG-DR funding and the transferring of funds, the LMI Program is now allocated a total of $50.3 million.
FRM Program: The Fund for Restoration of Multi-Family Housing Program (FRM) has been allocated a total of $651.5 million across all three rounds of CDBG-DR funding and funding transfers. The funding is being utilized for projects to repair or replace multi-family affordable housing within the nine most-impacted counties, as determined by HUD.
TBRA Program: The State transferred $17 million in CDBG-DR funds from other housing recovery initiatives to the TBRA Program in order to provide direct rental assistance to Sandy-impacted renters and, in so doing, prevent Sandy-related homelessness. In the third round of CDBG-DR funding, the State allocated an additional $15 million to the TBRA Program. This funding is in addition to the approximately $5 million of Supportive Services Program funding that supported housing vouchers to very low-income families impacted by Sandy.
State contractor awards associated with the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort are managed by the State of New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller.
For more information, please visit: Sandy Contract Center