- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is giving applicants deemed ineligible for grants to help rebuild their homes after Superstorm Sandy another chance to appeal.

Friday’s decision from the state Department of Community Affairs comes two days after a report by an advocacy group that found fault with the state’s initial rulings.

Fair Share Housing Center said in a report this week that nearly 80 percent of applicants who were declared ineligible but appealed were accepted into the program.

The state says those ruled ineligible who did not appeal will receive letters with instructions on appealing.

The extended deadline applies to one program that gives residents a $10,000 incentive to stay in their former county and another that gives grants up to $150,000 to rebuild.

The rebuilding program already has a long waiting list.

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