(CNN) – The Latino Action Network filed a legal complaint Tuesday, claiming the Christie administration failed to provide equal access to information to Latinos affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The state website created to offer assistance programs to New Jersey residents provided incorrect deadlines and hours of operations in Spanish, according to a press release from the network.
Renewjerseystronger.org also had an appeals process for grant denial in English, but not in Spanish, the release says.
The Spanish version is accessible through a tab on the English website. According to the release, some information was not accurate or updated on the Spanish version.
The complaint says that the state’s program, which provides grants of up to $150,000 to rebuild homes damaged by Sandy failed to “provide critical and legally mandated documents, forms and other information to Spanish speakers,” the official complaint says.
Information regarding dates and times of local housing resource offices and application deadlines was available in English but not in Spanish, the complaint says.
In response, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs said, “We are working hard to accommodate our Spanish-speaking residents who have been trying to access the many programs available for those impacted by Sandy.”
“We are looking into the issues raised by this group, and if there are areas that need to be addressed, we will take action immediately,” said Lisa M. Ryan, director of strategic communications for the department.
The election for governor is less than a month away, and the Latino Action Network officially endorsed Gov. Chris Christie’s Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, on its Facebook page in May.
“Governor Christie is responsible for violating the basic civil rights of thousands of New Jersey residents already struggling to rebuild,” Frank Argote-Freyre, president of the Latino Action Network, said in the release.