Officials ask for hotel extensions for Sandy victims

Kings Hotel
People near the Kings Hotel, where many Sandy victims are staying. (Credit: Miles Dixon)

Sandy victims with nowhere to go when a city housing program ends April 30 should be allowed more time, officials will say at a City Hall rally today.

While the governor just extended federally-sponsored hotel stays for Sandy victims until May 29, the mayor wants to end a similar program on April 30.

The Department of Homeless Services reported in mid-April that 592 households are still enrolled in the City Hotel and Interim Placement Program, which has already provided six months of temporary housing for Sandy victims.

City Councilwoman Annabel Palma and the General Welfare Committee she heads will discuss extending the city’s hotel program today at an emergency hearing.

Metro previously reported that hundreds of New Yorkers are living in hotel six months after Sandy, and many say they have nowhere else to go.

Council members have been trying to work out a plan to give them more time.



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