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Coalition Says Eviction of Superstorm Sandy Victims is Premature

by Ali Bonamico
building damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Tom Duggan, flickr

Low-income families displaced in hotels fight to push back the program's end date.

Over 100 families have been living in hotels across New York City for the past six months because they can't go back to their Superstorm Sandy damaged homes.

The Department of Homeless Services is planning to end the program on April 30.

The coalition, New York Communities for Change, is demanding The Department of Homeless Services extend the date of eviction. Spokeswoman Olivia Leirer says that, "we are going to keep fighting until the deadline is extended and there is a real plan for these families."

Leirer says she wants to see a plan that will get Sandy victims into affordable housing for the long term.  She says pushing them out of their current living situation will not help matters.

"It's going to be a fight, and it's always a fight. So if we are not standing up and fighting, then, you know, this will happen without anyone knowing," Leirer said.

The Department of Homeless Services has not returned our request for comment.



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