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Pascrell Reacts to Startling Sandy Housing Data

Nearly 80 percent of applicants who appealed rejections wrongly denied

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) released the following statement in reaction to data released by Fair Share Housing Center showing that nearly 80% of applicants who appealed rejections to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program and the Resettlement program were found to be eligible for funding but were wrongly rejected:

"Today's revelations shed some light on just how grossly mishandled the largest Sandy housing program really was. I've been saying from the start that the numbers just don't add up. The startling mismanagement only adds to the reasons why Governor Christie must reopen the application process for the RREM program so folks can get access to the help they need. Furthermore, the excuses and lack of transparency need to end. We need a full accounting of the HGI contract, and I urge HUD to require the appointment of an independent monitor before the next round of funding goes out to ensure there isn't further mismanagement. The people of New Jersey deserve some answers."

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