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Help for Hurricane Sandy Victims in Atlantic County

The Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management is providing displaced Atlantic City residents or those having other housing needs caused by recent Hurricane Sandy a hot line to address storm impacted residences.  The phone number for the hot line is 609-347-6865 but before calling residents are advised to have the following required information ready for verification: An ID with the address of the damaged home; a utility bill; tax bill or lease; insurance policy number. 

Housing & Legal Assistance for those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Were You Displaced by Hurricane Sandy?

Were You Displaced by Hurricane Sandy?

A new Hurricane Sandy recovery program is available to assist displaced residents pay rent if they are rebuilding or elevating their properties with state grants.  The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Rental Assistance Program provides short-term rental assistance in the form of a grant to homeowners participating in the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) or the Low-to-Moderate Income Homeowners Rebuilding (LMI) Program. SSBG Rental Assistance Program funds are available only to help with rent going forward and may not be used as a reimbursement for previously paid rent.  To qualify for the program, homeowners need their current mortgage and the lease for a rental property located in New Jersey.

Applications for the rental program are available online at:

The Christie Administration announced January 5, 2015,  the launch of the LMI Homeowners Rebuilding Program and the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program, two affordable housing recovery efforts to assist low- to moderate-income (LMI) families impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  Homeowners must qualify as low- to moderate-income based on their household adjusted gross annual income at the time they submit an application. For more information, including the chart providing the income limits that apply to the program, visit,  Or call the ReNewJerseyStronger Hot Line 1-855-3946, M-F, 9:00AM-6:00PM.  Please click on the following link to apply:

The Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program, also announced January 5,  provides short-term, temporary tenant-based rental assistance in the form of a voucher to assist eligible low- and moderate-income households with rent in the nine counties (including Atlantic County) most impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The tenant-based rental assistance is for 12 months with an option to renew for up to an additional 12 months. Tenants must qualify as low- to moderate-income, which means their household gross income must be at or below 80 % of the Area Median Income for their county. The income limits are established by household size and are revised annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For more information, including the chart providing the income limits that apply to the program, visit:  Or Call the ReNewJerseyStronger Hot Line 1-855-726-3946, M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM.  TO APPLY, please click on the following link:  PLEASE NOTE:  This electronic intake form will be accepted from January 5, 2015 until midnight on April 6, 2015. No paper intake forms will be accepted, and only one form may be submitted.  All completed intake forms electronically submitted on time will be entered into a database. A lottery system will be used to randomly select approximately 1,400 households.

The Sandy Homeowner/Rental Assistance Program (SHRAP) is a temporary relief program to help those experiencing a housing crisis as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Recipients of the program will receive assistance with costs associated with:

  • Maintaining temporary housing while their primary residence is repaired/rebuilt
  • Maintaining a primary residence for the household to return to when repair/reconstruction is completed.
  • Maintaining housing after a reduction in income

Eligible households will be provided with assistance for paying mortgage, rent, retroactive or current utility payments and the purchase of essential furnishings/appliances.

To learn more about this program and the documentation that must be provided, please see

To learn more or to be considered for this program in Atlantic County, please go to or call Atlantic County building 1333 Atlantic Ave, 3rd floor, 609-345-6700 ext. 2717.


For information about the new FEMA flood maps (not yet final), and to see how they will affect your flood risk, please see --you can type in address and get information for your location.  Please note that these maps have been revised and reduced the number high risk "Velocity" Zones, which would have required homes on pilings to guard against 3-foot waves.

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