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The Home Repair and Advocacy program is designed to help seniors and individuals with disabilities whose primary homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services through each county’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Eligible households may receive up to $5,000 for home repairs through September 30, 2015 or until the federal funding is spent.

The Sandy Home Repair and Advocacy Program is funded through a Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).

In order to be eligible, the applicant must provide:
  • Proof of his or her age (60+) or disability (as determined by the Social Security Administration or State Medicaid Agency) in accordance with SSBG guidelines – and as shown in a driver’s license, birth certificate or other government document.
  • Proof that the applicant owns the primary residence.
  • Proof that the person has applied for FEMA, public or private insurance coverage. While applicants who have not applied to FEMA may still be eligible, a determination needs to be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Proof of the amounts applied for and received from these aforementioned sources for the purpose of home repair/replacement.
  • Proof that the repairs are for the primary residence and not a second home.
  • An attestation meaning that individuals will be required to attest that the information contained in the application is true and accurate.
  • His or her signature.
Home repairs or replacement may include, but are not limited to:

• Replacement of interior wall boards
• Mold remediation
• Restoration of heating and cooling systems
• Electrical repair work
• Patching of roofs
• Cutting or removing trees
• Disposal of debris
• Refurbishment of major home appliances in coordination with the Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) also being funded under by the SSBG dollars.

Prior to providing services, all eligibility factors  must be verified. The primary method of verifying identity/residency is a NJ Driver’s License; however, other verifications may include:

o A state-issued photo ID, passport, birth certificate or other government document proving age or disability;
o A mortgage statement, deed to property or homeowner’s insurance proving ownership, and
o Proof of application to FEMA or public or private insurance coverage and amounts received.
Interested residents can apply for Home Repair and Advocacy program benefits at the Area Agency on Aging in the county in which the primary residence sustained Sandy damage.
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