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FEMA hotel deadline extended

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am

The deadline for families still utilizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Transitional Living Assistance program has been extended yet again.

The checkout date for those still living in hotels because their homes remain not habitable has been moved from May 1 to May 29, seven months to the day after Hurricane Sandy struck.

The extension was granted at the request of Gov. Cuomo, who said there were still too many families with no home to go back to and no permanent solution for them has been found yet.

“This extension for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program will give more time to those without a housing solution to find one,” Cuomo said.

The TSA program allows eligible Sandy survivors whose houses have been severely damaged or destroyed to stay in a hotel for a limited time. The cost of the room is paid directly to the hotel by FEMA.

As of mid-April, there were more than 300 households still in hotels and many live in homes that were completely destroyed. At its peak in January, more than 2,200 households utilized the program.

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