NJ criticized for holding onto storm housing aid

Officials say they’ve distributed just over one-third of federal housing aid.

Officials say they’ve distributed just over one-third of federal housing aid. (11/13/13)

SEA BRIGHT - New Jersey officials say they have distributed more than one-third of the federal aid allocated for housing help after Superstorm Sandy.

The state's Community Affairs Department released the figure Tuesday after an analysis by two housing advocacy groups claimed the amount was 24 percent.

The figures cited in the report by the Housing and Community Development Network and Fair Share Housing Center relied on information provided by the state through open-records requests and press releases. None of the figures were current, though, and some were more than a month old.

The housing groups say the state has not moved quickly enough to distribute the $1.16 billion in housing aid the federal government awarded in May.

The state says it was delayed by congressional inaction after last year's storm. More than 8,700 households remain on the waiting list.

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