1/13/2016 NJOP Invites Public to Info Sessions, Continues Fight to Get Sandy Impacted Families Home and Solvent
1/13/2016 NJOP Invites Public to Info Sessions, Continues Fight to Get Sandy Impacted Families Home and Solvent, Victoria Ford, The Sandpaper
The New Jersey Organizing Project wants to remind the public that more than three years have passed since since Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, and thousands are still struggling. The NJOP urges all those inclined to get involved to start making a difference – for themselves, their families, neighbors and communities – by attending one of two upcoming information sessions to galvanize action efforts.
The first is in Manahawkin on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Ocean Community Church (1492 Route 72), at 1 p.m. for coffee and catch-up with the meeting to start at 1:30. Another will take place the following week, Saturday, Jan. 30, in Keansburg, at St. Marks Center for Community Renewal (247 Carr Ave.), starting at 1:30 p.m. for mingling and a 2 p.m. meeting.
The main focus of the NJOP’s “Finish the Job” campaign is to get families back into their Sandy-impacted homes and make sure they can afford to stay there.
One goal of the upcoming meetings is to exchange information and ideas with other Sandy survivors – e.g., “Are other people still waiting to hear from FEMA?” The answer is yes, according to organizers. Another goal is to learn about the Department of Consumer Affairs’ new rules on contractor accountability and a bill in the Legislature that would also help. A third goal is to discuss, given the clock is running out on rental assistance, the ramifications of Gov. Christie’s conditional veto this week of the three-year foreclosure ban, which denies homeowners risking foreclosure the opportunity to apply for a forbearance and asks those currently facing foreclosure to resolve the matter in court.
RSVP to Joe Mangino at firstname.lastname@example.org and consider contributing refreshments to the meeting. —V.F.
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