Atlantic City will be awarded about $7.5 million in Essential Services Grants out of a total $31 million set to be distributed to Sandy-impacted local governments.

The governor announced the awards today in response to applications by many of the recipient governments.

The Essential Services Grants are funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery monies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)- which was approved as part of the New Jersey Disaster Recovery Action Plan on April 29.

“Several municipalities and local government agencies have experienced, and will continue to experience, difficulties in meeting the demands and costs for critical public services as a result of the impacts of Superstorm Sandy,” said Richard E. Constable, III, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, which is administering the distribution of CDBG Disaster Recovery funds

The plan details the use and distribution of more than $1.8 billion in recovery aid in addition to what is being provided through loans. Local governments had to meet minimum requirements in order to be awarded.

“Some local governments hit hard by Sandy have been financially impacted by the storm. As a result, they are having difficulties providing public safety, public works and education and other basic services that are critical to their residents,” Christie said.

 

Anjalee Khemlani