- Posted October 3, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
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New York City Throws Hurricane Sandy Victims Out On the Street
The storm damaged or destroyed the homes of hundreds of thousands, particularly in coastal New York and New Jersey.
Large numbers of working class families and individuals have not been able to find decent, permanent places to live due to the high cost of housing and the slow pace of reconstruction.
Many home and small business owners are still awaiting insurance settlements or promised government assistance. This is in sharp contrast to the rapid and massive aid provided to large corporations and wealthy neighborhoods in places such as lower Manhattan, where services began to be restored within days of the storm.
The sharpest example of the callousness with which many of those impacted by Sandy have been treated is the City of New York’s current move to evict hundreds of people from hotels in which they have been living since losing their homes due to the storm. Originally, approximately 3,000 people were covered by a program under which the city, aided by federal subsidies, paid for their hotel rooms. About 350 now remain.
City representatives contend that it is perfectly acceptable to force those still in hotels into homeless shelters, which are squalid and overcrowded. The city complains that there is no more money to assist these people because of the federal government’s cut-off of subsidies to the city for this program on September 30. City officials say they have money to continue payments only until the end of this week.
New York had already attempted to cut off assistance to Sandy victims for hotels back in May, but was blocked by a court order. Court appeals to continue the program have been rejected this time."
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