The displacement of hundreds of families is one of the biggest concerns affecting the state of New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. How can we keep our residents safe and warm during this time of cleanup and rebuilding is the question boggling Governor Chris Christie – and now he has a temporary answer.
The Associated Press is now reporting that the military base at Fort Monmouth is currently being prepared to provide temporary housing for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed. The fort can house up to 600 families displaced by the hurricane.
According to Governor Christie Fort Monmouth will be taken out of mothballs and Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable said that families could begin moving in by the end of this month. And based on the preliminary findings by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Constable noted that at least 7,000 will still need housing beyond the units that are available at Fort Monmouth. The above calculation is not including those homeless residents who have been staying with friends and family in state or out-of-state since the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, residents are very anxious and eager to start the rebuilding process in towns along the New Jersey coast. The Governor noted to the Associated Press that discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers were underway to develop a plan of attack for rebuilding the shore, which will be a very expensive task.