It’s been almost a year since Superstorm Sandy hit. Now, hundreds of those displaced are about to be uprooted again.
After the storm, around 3,000 whose homes were destroyed were put up in area hotels. That number has shrunk to 300, but the remaining victims are now facing eviction October 4th.
Victims of the storm lost a court battle on Friday against eviction in State Supreme Court. The judge ruled they will have to find beds elsewhere. New York City was footing the bill, but says it has run out of the budgeted money. According to reports, the NYC Department of Homeless services will work with storm victims to find shelter.
In a statement, Michael A. Cardozo of the NYC Transportation Counsel said, “For over ten months, the City has dedicated tremendous effort and resources to more than 3,000 individuals displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Interim housing, along with intensive case management services, was provided, but was never intended to be a permanent solution. As the court has recognized, the City cannot afford to single-handedly continue this program in the absence of FEMA funding. All participating households without an exit plan may access DHS shelter, where social services staff will continue to work closely with the remaining households to identify suitable housing options.”
FEMA has been the city for the costs of housing the displaced, but that will be stopped Monday.