Those still looking for a place to live in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will have at least three more weeks before they can hope for a place at Fort Monmouth.
The state announced today that work is under way at the fort to house those displaced by Sandy, but on a much smaller scale than previously announced.
According to Lisa Ryan, director of communications for the NJ Department of Community Affairs, there will only be 45 housing units, which is based on the need identified by FEMA.
These units will include 15 three-bedroom units and 30 one-bedroom units.
No word yet on how these units will be allocated.
Here is the statement Ryan sent to Patch on Wednesday:
Work directed and authorized by FEMA recently began to prepare Fort Monmouth for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The work is on one Fort building that previously included 60 one-bedroom units. The construction is scheduled to take approximately three weeks provided no issues arise. This work will result in a total of 45 housing units – 15 three-bedroom units and 30 one-bedroom units – for storm-displaced residents. At this time, FEMA has identified sufficient housing need to authorize the renovation of this one building at the Fort. If additional housing needs at the former military base are recognized, FEMA will contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to renovate more of the Fort’s housing stock.
Stay tuned for more as this story develops.