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Update: Sandy Displaced Families to Move to Fort Monmouth on Friday

No word yet on where these families originally hail from.

This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. Thursday and includes information from the Department of Community Affairs received after the original story posted.

Displaced by Sandy, some families will be celebrating Christmas this year in a new, temporary home at Fort Monmouth.

According to Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon, Friday will be move-in day at Fort Monmouth for between 42 and 45 families.

Mahon said the borough was notified Wednesday that the families would begin arriving Friday and that Oceanport is asked to provide fire response.

"FEMA will not tell us if any local families are included in this temporary housing," he said in an email Thursday.

The long term temporary housing is located in the lodge area of the fort in Oceanport and in apartments behind the golf course in Eatontown.

On Wednesday an Oceanport resident told Patch that FEMA had contacted her recently to find out her family's interest in relocating to the fort. This resident indicated she would take the opportunity, but has since not heard any news about whether she will get a spot.

The state Department of Community Affairs, which is overseeing the project has been tight lipped about the project. This may be in part due to the delicate partnership with FEMA and that the plan appears to be evolving on a daily basis. The DCA has yet to answer questions about how families are selected.

Patch asked Robin Smith, director of media relations at FEMA, to clarify her agency's role in the temporary housing.

"Yes, FEMA makes the phone calls (because we have the registration information and the staff to do so), but the State IS in control of the selection…though evidently we do assist in the review process," she said in an email Wednesday.  "The selection is "needs" based and there are a multitude of "needs" reviewed. Those deemed to have the most/greatest needs are given first right of refusal.

"[The] reality is that though FEMA may assist with funding as related to housing, the State is really in control of the situation."

Patch received these comments from Lisa Ryan, director of communications for the DCA,  after the orginal story posted:

"FEMA based their decision on several factors, including the location of the household’s primary residence, proximity to schools, proximity to employment, transportation needs, and household size," Ryan said.

Click here to read more about the state's push to accelerate permanent housing for those who may not want to or be able to return to their homes hit by Sandy.

Savanna Bob December 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Something doesn’t sound right! Who is moving into our back yard? We have a right to make sure that the “Families” (who has defined what a family is?) moving into the fort are actually displaced by the Hurricane and those in our local area should have the right to be 1st in line. Oceanport get used to the next “new norm”!
mhssalum December 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Sure, because commenting on Patch is a good substitute for bringing up your concerns with Oceanport's or Eatontown's town council. Have you tried that?
R Winters December 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Wow Savanna Bob! Sooooo....YOU have the right to define who a family is for purpose of those displaced families to finally have a roof over their heads after losing everything to Sandy? Who do YOU think you are? I would think that you would welcome these families into your back yard. My mistake though, I mistook you for a human being with morals, compassion and a heart.
Gretchen O'Kane December 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I was thinking it would be nice to make cookies for the families moving in as a housewarming gift.
Gerri Hopkins December 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Way to go Gretchen. That's the attitude we all need to have!
beachlover December 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Why are the negative people always the ones to comment first? First of all the ONLY people on the list are those displaced by the storm. Also the selection process described above makes total sense to me.
Paul Schlaflin December 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM
the headline should be "How could it take 9 weeks to open these few units when thousands are needed" or "Onerous rules keep thousands from their homes"
Kathleen Conley December 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I really need to find out how to get onto the list. I can not get any answers, and do not know where to go to find them.
KKlem December 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
That was me Kathleen. I called O'scanlon, DCA, Oceanport OEM and FEMA last week FEMA said they have the "list" and I am on it hope it is right. Also, I am a Oceanport resident with two kids who go to the schools and I have a dog who is now down by exit 36. FEMA has listed five reasone why we can't be in our house one a cracked/sinking foundation I am a year or so out. They say they are want people like me to have a place there so here I am give me one
Joseph Irace December 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Very disappointing that only 3 Oceanport families were placed at Fort Monmouth. Ms. Klem is a perfect example of someone who should have been offered an opportunity to receive this housing.
mikab February 06, 2013 at 10:46 PM
my friend just got her keys today im so happy for her:)

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