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Fort Housing Will Use Lottery System

The governor announced that utilities should be restored to the former military base by the end of this week.

A lottery system will be used to determine which New Jersey residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy will be able to find temporary shelter at Fort Monmouth, Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday.

Storm evacuees might be moving into the former military base, which closed last year, as early as next week following the restoration of all utility service by the end of this week, according to NJ.com.

According to the article, the fort housing could accommodate between 400 and 600 families.

Karen Edmond November 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Interesting....I'll reach out to 7 on my side to see if they know about this story or not. I don't think I'll be doing any harm in asking.
Melanie (Reed) Woods November 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I agree 100%. It is a shame that these vacant units, upgraded not too long ago, are sitting vacant when so many are in need of housing.
Amy Byrnes November 16, 2012 at 04:48 PM
We are all still waiting for details to be released. Even the mayor of Oceanport hasn't been informed yet of how this is all going to work, which he mentioned at last night's council meeting. FEMA is working directly with the Army, which still owns the fort property. Mayor Mahon did, however, strongly recommend that anyone looking to get in should apply for FEMA assistance and make sure to check the temporary housing box. "Those will be the folks served," he said.
renee November 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
(Karen) If we were to make it accessible to everyone it should not be a tax burden to any form of government. It must be home ownership and responsibility. Since it was military housing and since our service men and women have given up so much for their country and us with very low pay; I think it only right that they be given first option. As for "Itchy Foot Moe".. these unit had more than a new roof put on them. Some two bedroom units were expanded into 4 bedroom units. The two bedroom units were extended out in the front to make the living rooms larger, hardwood floors were refinished in the upstairs, new 1/2 baths in all the first floors and new baths in the upstairs and all the kitchens updated as well. I haven't even touched on the new air conditioning units and hot water heaters that I watched being hauled into the units for installation. I lived here while the renovations were still going on and watched it all. This is just another form of government spending waste! It makes no sense to have "trained" on these units. Plenty of men and women looking for work that could work along side of future tax paying homeowners to restore these units!

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