African-American & Latino Applicants Allegedly Unfairly Denied Sandy Relief Funds

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NBC Philadelphia is reporting that a local housing rights organization, Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC), has obtained data from the Christie Administration that shows that Latino and African-American residents applying for two major Sandy reliefprograms were denied by the state at higher rates than their Caucasian counterparts.

According to the FSHC, 35 percent of African American applicants and 18 percent of Latino applicants applying to the Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program were rejected by the state; while 13 percent of Caucasian applicants were denied from the same program.

Similarly, FSHC says 38 percent of African Americans and 20 percent of Latinos that applied to the Resettlement Grant Program had their applications rejected; while 14 percent of Caucasians were rejected from the same program.

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III, Esq. argued that the FSHC manipulated the data and called the accusations patently false.

“This is an outrageously false implication that exposes a complete lack of credibility and integrity by Fair Share Housing Center,” Constable said.

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