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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 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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