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Sandy Evacuees Moving to Fort Monmouth

Many displaced by the storm and in need of long term, temporary housing could be settling into the former military base by the end of the week.

Hundreds of New Jerseyans displaced by the ravages of Hurricane Sandy will be relocated to temporary housing on Fort Monmouth by the end of the week, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday.

The former military base could house between 400 to 600 families, according to NJ.com.

Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon told Patch that those who sought shelter in the giant tents in the Monmouth Park parking lot will be relocated to the empty fort property, and many in the Oceanport section.

"It's an excellent opportunity to play host to those folks displaced by the hurricane. We welcome them," Mahon said.

Although buildings on the fort have been "mothballed," the mayor said that once utilities are restored the housing should serve as a "solid solution for interim housing."

"We'll work with the state and home communities to provide the services that they need," Mahon said.

State inspectors toured the fort this week before making the decision.

Bud Gortner November 13, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I may not live in New Jersey any long but I did send an email to the white house.gov email about contacting Governor Christy about using all the housing near the bases that are shut down and the empty doctors houses near Marlboro State Hospital I know my letter didn't help do to I'm only one voice
G. Stancati November 13, 2012 at 04:51 AM
GREAT Decision! It might be a little slow at the onset but it's the RIGHT thing to do! Let's not forget that these so called "people" are families of hard working citizens and they have paid for those facilities EVERY time they paid their federal taxes! It's part of the 'circle of things' and at the very least they deserve housing in time of dire need. Pay it Forward...!
Danarae Bambo November 13, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Does anyone know how to apply to get in to there I lived in seaside and my house is gone . I couldn't go into a shelter because of a medical condition . I am now in a hotel three FEMA only can stay a few more days . News a place asap . Plzzz if anyone knows anything I would appreciate it even if anti.e knows of any apartments of houses for rent thank you
Kari Belusko November 13, 2012 at 05:39 AM
How about the people that have had to live hours from our houses. I have had to live in NYC and now PA. FEMA has no hotels on their lists even close to our house anything close is booked for weeks. My family can't get a hotel remotely close to our house. My daughter can't get back to school and school resumed on Monday. Are we able to get into Ft. Monmouth, what is the criteria?? Thank you concerned citizen of Highlands NJ
Carol November 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Try getting in touch with the salvation army. They can help with shelter, food etc.
Michael Davis November 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM
What about all the abanded housing that used to be occupied my military famlies in the surrounding areas? Those propeties are in need of repair and can house many displacs families.
Claudine Scozzari November 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Some of those properties may actually be a EPA superfund cleanup site, and the properties have been uninhabitable for many many years.
Shannon K. Winning November 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I'm working on getting info about how to get housing at the fort. Email me and I will add you to the list of residents inquiring. Sheiswinning@gmail.com
Claudine Scozzari November 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM
To Michael Davis, If you contact the reporter, the reporter for the Patch can provide you with that information. Claudine Scozzari
Samantha Clayton November 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
MAST students come from all districts in Monmouth County, so Keyport is not a bad location.. and still close to the shore for research purposes..
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Call us the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). I'm sure they will be able to provide some assistance. Good Luck. 732.720.6350
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
There are a couple of hundred houses on Pine Brook in Eatontown that were given some renovations prior to Ft. Monmouth closing. Believe they are two bedrooms and I hope that they utilize that space. It would be a waste not to use that housing. I know that FMERA will do everything possible to assist those in need.
beachlover November 13, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Local students will continue in their own district from what I read elsewhere.
Rick November 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I wonder if those making this decision even realize that there are many contaminated areas on that property, parts of which are Superfund Sites: http://atl.gmnews.com/news/2009-08-06/front_page/0... Radiological materials, PCBs, asbestos... Ft Monmouth has been contaminated with it all. Suffering, displaced citizens don't need to have to worry about cancer in a few decades from temp housing on top their troubles today.
l0ract November 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Are you in a shelter? Shelter people are going to hotels outside the state. We do what we have to do. Home school for awhile. I did. More important right now to have a roof over your head, food to eat and clothes on you back. I feel for the children. They are resilient. More than adults are. Being hours from your house is better than NEVER being home again.
l0ract November 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Talk to FEMA about extending your stay. They have the authority to do that. They extent (if necessary) every two weeks.
l0ract November 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
They started leaking.
Shannon K. Winning November 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Those units are not being considered. They are looking at units on Megill Drive behind the golf course.
Mesmerize November 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Rick, The link you provided went to a blank page. So I googled Superfund sites and found this site. http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/ After a few more clicks on this site, I arrived at this link below. (you can sort this list by county). Then why isn't Ft Monmouth listed on this Superfund site list for NJ as you say? Among the gov't properties in Monmouth Cty, I only see "Naval Weapons Station Earle site A" in Colts Neck listed. http://www.epa.gov/region02/cleanup/sites/njtoc_name.htm ..
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Michael: What are the properties to which you are referring? There were some in the Charles Wood Area which were knocked down a few years ago (I think a couple hundred)
Mischa November 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I think it was suggested by FMERA. I know there are urgent needs but I believe the housing needs to be inspected and hooked up with utilities before anything can happen. Hopefully, it won't take long.
Shannon K. Winning November 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Michael there are homes in the Howard Commons section of Eatontown on Pinebrook Road, which are run down and been deemed unsafe. These are not being considered. You can read more about why here: http://patch.com/A-mrt9 These buildings will be demolished by a developer after that parcel is purchased.
Rick November 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Let's try the link this way: http://tinyurl.com/bm7386k
Mesmerize November 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Rick, Okay so your 2nd link is an article from 3+ years ago. So either Ft Monmouth has cleaned up to standard or the levels are too low, because they were not currently listed on the EPA link provided up above. I understand your concern, but the Fort had thousands of people working there all over post until the gates closed on Sep 2011. Also I think the portions of the Fort that they are considering in opening for the hurricane refugees are the lodging areas and military housing areas, which according to the map at your link from 3+ yrs ago wasn't even in any area of concern. I know of a few people who were staying in the lodging areas until the gates closed last Sept too, ..
Rick November 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
@Mesmerize "...so either Ft Monmouth has cleaned up to standard or the levels are too low..." Or, the appropriate testing was never done, or there's been a coverup. The Feds and a safety coverup... gee, that's never happened before... On Sept. 13, 2001, then-EPA head Christine Todd Whitman told reporters at ground zero, "We have not seen any reason — any readings that have indicated any health hazard." Bottom line is, would you want your family there? I sure wouldn't.
bud November 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
There are also 330 perfectly good housing units located at NWS Earle in Colts Neck. Due to stupidity, they are scheduled to be torn down thanks to Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Burry. This will cost the US Govt over $100 MILLION, and then they will be re-constructed in Texas or MS for another $60M. Smith and Burry don't even want disabled Vets???? Ironically, Burry is in charge of Vet Affairs for Monmouth Cty??? Like the fox watching the chickens!!!
ray November 14, 2012 at 03:01 AM
You think that's bad they were large number of houses at the Charles wood area near for Monmouth Regional High School many houses at least 300 were torn down after being renovated
ray November 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I live in those houses and
ray November 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
If you drive by that area it's a wasteland now
CORINNE November 30, 2012 at 05:05 PM
They were. I was there and the smell of gas from the generators giving the power made me sick. there were outside bathrooms. The Red Cross, whom were in abundance with the tents, were very helpful. At the first place I was bussed to, and thank goodness I knew where to go because even the police didn't know the day before the storm, (but I found out later in Ocean Grove;they were handing out where to go and what numbers to call. I wonder how many places had that paper), we had to walk through metal detectors, all National Guard, homeland security officers, big guns all over them, Sheriff's department, local police, you name it. Drug sniffing dogs. I asked why there were so many police to an officer and got a cold look. One homeland security officer said to me,"We are here so none of you kill each other." Right. We were at the local college, Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Three whole gyms were full of people. I also asked why there were not more grief, etc. counselors. There were about three in the whole place. I talked to so many people who's homes were gone. So sad. They lost everything. At least they fed us and it was warm.

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