Thousands Remain Homeless 6 Months After Sandy
The recovery from Super-storm Sandy, which struck Oct. 29 has been slow for tens of thousands of people that remain homeless.
At a news conference last Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated,
“Some families and some lives have come back together quickly and well, and some people are still very much in the midst of recovery.You still have people in hotel rooms, and people fighting with insurance companies, and for them it’s been terrible and horrendous.”
More than 250 families in New York are still living in hotel rooms paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, while others are still shacking up with relatives or living in temporary rentals.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie estimated 39,000 New Jersey families remain displaced, down from 161,000 the day after the storm. At a recent town hall meeting, Christie proclaimed,
“We’ve made a lot of progress in six months; I know we still have a long way to go. By Memorial Day, every boardwalk that was destroyed at the Jersey shore will be rebuilt. Businesses are reopening. Rentals are picking up again, roads are back open.”
The National Hurricane Center attributes 72 deaths directly to Sandy and 87 others indirectly from causes such as hypothermia due to power outages, carbon monoxide poisoning and accidents during cleanup efforts, for a total of 159.
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