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An Open Letter from Families Living At Ft. Monmouth

Families Living at Fort Monmouth

Eatontown, New Jersey

 

The Governor of New Jersey

Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

December 19, 2013

Dear Governor Christie:

We the families that are still being housed at Fort Monmouth closed military base in Eatontown, Monmouth County, New Jersey would like to request an extension on the closing of the housing section that is being used to house families that have lost their homes due to Super Storm Sandy. We currently have a deadline of April 1, 2014 to leave the base. Due to the following ongoing issues; it will be an additional stress for us to leave at this time and commit to a one year rent and additional expense.

     Insurance companies have been taking a very long time to pay premiums. Some of us are still waiting to finalize payments; while others have had to get a lawyer to try and get payments.

     The process for getting permits from the cities for rebuilding have been tedious and lengthy

     Application for grants to help with rebuilding and/or elevating our homes have been dreary and the waiting periods are very long with lots of uncertainty. Some of us are still waiting to see if we will be awarded grant monies.

     After receiving monies from all resources, some of us do not have enough money to rebuild.

     Finding a place to rent has been difficult because a significant portion of rental properties were destroyed during the storm and others are still housing families that have lost their homes.

     For those of us who are just getting their monies from grants and insurance policies, we still would need 4-6 month period to rebuild.

We would be eternally grateful if we could get an extension to remain at the base another 6 months from March. This will give us some room to deal with the agencies and request additional help from non-profits and agencies helping families affected by Sandy.

 

Sincerely,

 

George Finegan                               Joe Tama                                       Donna Tama

 

Lisa Santangelo                     Leslie Morrris    


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