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Federal Grants Denied To Sandy-Damaged Homeowners Who Made Repairs

Rep. Frank Pallone: 'That Doesn't Make Any Sense'
A still-damaged home in Toms River, N.J. - May 31, 2013 (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

A still-damaged home in Toms River, N.J. – May 31, 2013 (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

Superstorm Sandy

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Some owners of Sandy-damaged homes who already have made repairs have now been told they are not eligible for reimbursements through federal grants.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the residents are furious, and so is U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)

“That doesn’t make any sense, because people were encouraged to make repairs and pay out of pocket, with the assumption that they’d be able to pay for these block grants later,” Pallone said.

Pallone has called on the federal government to change course, saying the calls are coming in from homeowners with more than 50 percent damage.

“They’re very frustrated because this is not what they were told,” he said.

Pallone said if people knew they would be denied grant money, they never would have started rebuilding and the Jersey Shore would remain in ruins.

He said are also being denied grant money if they applied for federal loans – even if they did not take them.

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