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FEDERAL ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT AVAILABLE POST-HURRICANE SANDY
Applications for federal assistance via FEMA ended on May 1st, however additional resources including those from the State of New Jersey are available. Below is the latest information on assistance and resources available to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild:
State of New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Assistance
The main portal for assistance to homeowners and businesses for the state of New Jersey can be found at www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 855.726.3946.
Apply In-Person 8am-8pm daily:
500 Scarborough Drive, Egg Harbor Township
Cape May County
3860 Bayshore Road Suite 5, North Cape May
750 Vassar Ave, Lakewood
Temporary housing options provided by FEMA ended on May 1st. However, state resources still exist for those in need.
reNew Jersey Stronger Housing Assistance - The grants are designed to encourage homeowners to resettle in their primary residences and help them reconstruct, rehabilitate, elevate and mitigate their homes. www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).
The New Jersey Housing Resource Center (HRC) is a free service to those residents in search of affordable housing and to landlords who are looking to provide housing. Information is available at www.NJHRC.gov or 877.428.8844
IRS Assistance & 2012 Tax Preparation for Survivors
If you have experienced a loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy, here are a few things the IRS and FEMA say to keep in mind as your family prepares to file your 2012 taxes:
- Personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements may be deductible on your tax return. For details on eligible deductions, see IRS Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts, and read the instructions.
- IRS Notice 2013-21, Section 165(i) states that affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax returns for either this tax year (2012) or the previous tax year (2011).
- According to IRS Notice 2013-16, taxpayers who reside outside the disaster area but whose books, records, or tax professionals are located in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy may also be eligible for tax relief.
- The IRS may waive their usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation in red ink at the top of IRS Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, and submit it to the IRS.
- Taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Sandy can access IRS information related to Sandy online at www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Relief-in-Disaster-Situations.
- Visit www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-My-Local-Office-in-New-Jersey for information on the nearest IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.
- Taxpayers may download forms and publications with information on tax relief from the official IRS website, www.IRS.gov, or order them by calling 800-TAX-FORM. The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 800-829-1040.
Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has established a grant and loan forgiveness program for New Jersey-based small businesses or non-profit organizations that sustained a minimum of $5,000 in physical damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Apply online: http://application.njeda.com/strongernjbusinessgrant/
Apply by phone: 1-855-SANDY-BZ
Apply by email: StrongerNJBusiness@njeda.com
NJ Department of Labor & Workforce - http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/index.html
National Flood Insurance & Claims
- Questions about flood insurance claims or insurance rates based on new preliminary flood maps as well as the appeals process can call 800.427.4661 (M-F 8am to 4:30pm)
- Have a FloodSmart Representative call you or visit www.floodsmart.gov.
- Visit Region2Coastal.com for information about newly-released preliminary flood maps. Look up your own property or business at www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table.
Non-Flood Insurance Claims
The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance is assisting New Jersey residents with unresolved non-flood insurance claims related to Hurricane Sandy with mediation through the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
The mediation program will allow property owners to submit homeowner's, automobile and commercial property claims to a mediator who will review the case and assist in settlement discussions. Disputed non-flood Sandy-related claims greater than $1,000 that do not include a reasonable suspicion of fraud and are based on policies in force at the time Sandy made landfall will be eligible for mediation. Insurance carriers will pay for the cost of the mediator. Policyholders who wish to bring legal representation to the mediation session may hire an attorney at their own expense.
Apply online: www.adr.org
Apply by phone: 855-366-9774
Apply by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, if you have a complaint or question, the hotline is 800-446-7467 or submit via www.state.nj.us/dobi/consumer.htm#insurance
Stay Updated with Current Conditions & Alerts from New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
NJ 211 - This state-managed website gives current road and infrastructure conditions, power outages, public health precautions and volunteer opportunities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. http://www.nj211.org/hurricane.cfm
NJ Alert - NJ Alert is a free, voluntary and confidential emergency alerting system that allows NJ Office of Emergency Management officials to send E-mail or text messages to cell phones, and other email enabled devices during an emergency event. Sign up for NJ Alert by logging on to: www.njalert.gov.