2014-03-14 / Letters

Build It Back Has Wrong Formula

Dear Editor: (Comment regarding the City Action Plan for CDBG funds)

I am a homeowner severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. If I qualified for Priority 1 of your Build It Back program, I would not have been able to obtain a mortgage. We closed on our house 11 months prior to the storm. We spent our savings preparing to move in. We moved into our house three months before Sandy knocked us out again. We took 7 feet 2 inches of water into our home. We sustained severe damage during the storm, and have not been able to afford to have much of the damage repaired. The damage is growing with the shifting of the sand around us.

We are struggling to pay our monthly expenses, but this is not even a consideration in your formula. We are your last priority. Build It Back has $847 million to help home owners repair and rebuild. More than a year after the storm we are living in a badly damaged home. Your formula does not fairly reflect the real victims of Sandy. If you go by this formula, many families in need will have no real hope for assistance.

KIMBERLY COSTA

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