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FEMA hotel deadline extended

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 am

The Federal Emergency Management agency has extended the deadline for its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program an additional 17 days until May 1 for New York State.

The program provides assistance for families to live in hotels for a time while their homes are being repaired and are considered inhabitable.

The deadline was April 13, but FEMA extended it at the request of New York officials who wanted the program to continue until the weather gets warner and permanent housing solutions are explored.

All TSA applicants currently staying in hotels are evaluated for continued eligibility, a FEMA press release said Thursday.

As of Tuesday, 331 households, which could be one person or one family — continue to take part in the TSA program. At it’s peak, more than 2,000 households were in the program.

FEMA’s deadline to register for aid is Saturday. Debra Young, a spokeswoman for the agency, said that deadline would not be extended. It has been extended at least half a dozen times since November.

— Domenick Rafter

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