Blacks Rejected for Sandy Aid at 2.5X the Rate of Whites

Blacks Rejected for Sandy Aid at 2.5X the Rate of Whites

Over $1.5 billion in Sandy aid has been appropriated by the federal government. click here An attorney for New Jersey’s Fair Share Housing Center testified this morning that Blacks and Latinos are being rejected for Sandy Aid at almost double and triple the rates of whites.  The advocate testified that African Americans are rejected for Sandy aid at 2.5 times more than whites.  


“African Americans were rejected from these programs at 2.5 times the rate of white applicants, and Latinos at 1.5 times the rate of white, non Latino applicants,” Adam Gordon told the Senate Banking Committee in Washington as he testified on Capitol Hill today.  Gordon is an attorney for the Fair Share Housing Center.

During his testimony, Gordon laid out statistics on who gets assistance and who doesn’t.  Gordon also told Senators that people were wrongly told they didn’t qualify, that denials were wrong 80% of the time and that there was poor outreach to minority communities.

The Fair Share Housing Center has released the data before.  In December 2013, Daily Kos reported that, “data obtained through litigation by the Fair Share Housing Center show that more than 38 percent of African Americans and more than 20 percent of Latinos were rejected for Resettlement Program grants, compared with 14.5 percent of Caucasians.”

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and New York Senator Chuck Schumer questioned Gordon, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Matt Doherty, the Mayor of Belmar, New Jersey, on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

At the hearing, Donovan announced that “changes were coming” to address New Jersey’s Sandy relief problems.