Black and Latino applicants for Sandy aid in New Jersey are more likely to be rejected for recovery grants than white applicants, according to data released Thursday by a New Jersey housing advocate. The rejection rate for whites who applied for New Jersey’s two main grants for homeowners affected by Sandy was 13 to 14 percent. For Latinos, it was slightly higher – 18 to 20 percent; African Americans had the highest rejection rates at 35 to 38 percent…"I would say, in terms of disaster response, it’s the worst time for governments to really try to get [its programs] right," said Karen O’Neill, a human ecology professor at Rutgers University who’s been following the Sandy response. "Because getting it right with disadvantaged communities is a problem any day of the week for any ongoing programs, [and] these are one-time programs."
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