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Need to Secure a Spot at Fort Monmouth? Details Still Unclear

Officials say the answers are forthcoming.

"How can I apply?"

Patch readers have been anxious to know how they can secure a spot in Fort Monmouth's housing for themselves or someone they know displaced by the hurricane.

We posed that question to the Lt. Governor's office, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority and a local mayor. So far there isn't an answer.

In an email this morning, Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon said, "This is a fluid situation and answers haven't been provided yet."

Mahon did provide an important detail for those who are out of their home.

"I suspect the list will develop from the FEMA applications. Residents need to make sure they have indicated they won't be in the home while repairs are made. That triggers a housing need," he said. "In addition, our local OEM was maintaining a sign up sheet at our relief center."

State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon said Monday night that the Department of Defense, the governor's office, Monmouth County Freeholders, FMERA and local officials are working to quickly provide longterm temporary housing at the fort for 400 to 600 people.

Inquiries to the Lt. Governor's office were forwarded to FMERA.

A FMERA rep said, "More details will be available as we move towards the housing being ready to accept people."

Click here to read more about long-term temporary housing being planned for displaced residents at Fort Monmouth.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

Sheri Bouldin November 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Thank God for the person who came up with this Awesome Idea!!! There are hundreds of units that are fenced between the area behind Eatontown McDonald's and Hope Road. How outstanding would it be if those units were cleaned out and prepared for those who need housing. They could be temporary rentals or be set up for purchase. What a beautiful area it is going to waste. There are thinkers and good folks amongst us.
Shannon K. Winning November 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Actually Sheri those fenced in units are set to be torn down as soon as a developer buys them. They don't meet municipal building codes and lack fire walls so they are deemed unsafe. The units being considered on on Megill Drive behind the golf course in Eatontown and in Oceanport on Parker Creek near Oceanport Avenue.
Ann Marie Cosentino November 14, 2012 at 02:30 AM
They certainly were deemed safe at one point in time! The government should spend the money to get them to the minimum standard. It certainly is better and probably cheaper then shipping in FEMA trailers, and paying for land to put them on, and all the hook-ups they will need. These trailers are not cheap! I've been in the units at Ft. Monmouth, and they are more than adequate for temporary housing. It's about time someone used common sense, rather than take the easy way out.
rbresident November 14, 2012 at 09:48 AM
I don't think spending money to deem housing safe is any where near a good idea when it comes to land that is going to be flattened once this all is over. Fire walls and all the up to date fire codes they would need to be put into place would cost an extreme amount. And all that would go to waste in a few months when it is knocked down.
Gerri Hopkins November 14, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thank goodness these people will have warm homes to live in soon. What a great way to utilize Ft Monmouth. We welcome them!
JosephGhabourLaw November 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Municipalities in many effected communities are waving the requirement for permits on construction, save for work on gas and/or electrical systems. The issue with those townhomes is that they were sold to a developer vs. being rehabilitated as affordable housing. Unless monies are found to pay the developer back, any such plan won't work.
bud November 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
There are also 330 housing units at NWS Earle. Contact Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Lillian Burry who want them torn down!!!!

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