FEMA to charge rent for Superstorm Sandy victims living at Fort Monmouth

The 57 families have been told by FEMA they will have to pay anywhere between $1,100 and $1,900 each month. Some families, like the Sheridans of Keansburg, say that's a bill they simply can't afford. (3/15/14)

FORT MONMOUTH - FEMA has announced that Superstorm Sandy victims who are living in Fort Monmouth will have to start paying rent by May 1.

The 57 families have been told by FEMA they will have to pay anywhere between $1,100 and $1,900 each month. Some families, like the Sheridans of Keansburg, say that's a bill they simply can't afford. They told News 12 that adding rent onto their $1,600 home mortgage would leave them broke.

"We won't have enough money for food or amenities," said Harry Sheridan.

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FEMA says that under law, its assistance is available "for a period not to exceed 18 months from the date of declaration."

They say if the families are not willing to pay rent by May 31, they will be moved to a trailer park.

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