NJ Still Looking for Takers for $10K Sandy Grants

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Here’s a problem you don’t hear about that often with a state grant program: New Jersey is giving away $10,000 to 18,000 people, and there are not enough takers.

The grant money comes from the Homeowner Resettlement Program, part of the $1.8 billion the federal government gave to New Jersey to help Sandy victims. But with the June 30 deadline approaching, just 8,348 people applied as of Thursday.

The program is meant to keep victims from moving out of nine storm-stricken counties. The money can be spent on anything to resettle in your home, but not on recovery for damage.

Applicants must sign that the owner-occupants will remain in the county they resided in prior to Superstorm Sandy for at least three years.