Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 8:44 pm Post subject: CONGRESSMAN GRIMM LETTER TO MIDLAND CIVIC
From May 17, 2013 to May 19, 2013 (included)
|Thank you for contacting me regarding federal assistance for Sandy
> victims. It is good to hear from you and I am happy to respond to your
> Many Staten Islanders just like you faced an overload of confusing
> information in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandyís devastation. Many
> victims made the prudent financial decision to forego applying for an
> SBA disaster assistance loan to avoid taking on a debt they would be
> unable to pay back. In the months following the storm, I worked
> tirelessly in Congress to pass H.R. 152, the Superstorm Sandy
> Supplemental Appropriations Act which provided $51 billion in emergency
> aid funding in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).
> These grants were allocated to federal, state, and municipal agencies
> with discretion to assist homeowners and business owners fill in the
> gaps left by FEMA and uninsured losses.
> Recently, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
> announced that storm victims that did not take SBA loans would be
> ineligible for HUD disaster assistance. I share your outrage and
> disbelief at HUDís decision. Those impacted by Sandy have already
> suffered tremendous loss and accrued significant amounts of debt. Now
> many may lose access to grant funding because they made a responsible
> decision to turn down a loan they simply could not afford to pay back.
> It is simply unfair to punish those who have played by the rules. That
> is why I am calling for a viable solution that puts all Sandy survivors
> on a more equal playing field, and I am pleased to see growing support
> for this effort from other leaders in Staten Island and Brooklyn. On
> May 10, 2013, I sent a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan demanding
> that he waive the policy or implement a viable alternative solution. I
> am confident that HUD will listen to reason and waive their
> counterintuitive policy for the benefit of so many Staten Islanders
> still coping with the after-effects of Sandy.
> Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and concerns. If you require
> assistance in dealing with state, local, or federal agencies with your
> disaster assistance claims, please contact my Staten Island District
> Office at (718) 351-1062. I invite you to follow me on Facebook
> www.facebook.com/repmichaelgrimm and Twitter @repmichaelgrimm or visit
> my website at www.grimm.house.gov.
> Congressman Michael Grimm