Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sandy homeless: Tens of thousands affected by storms still homeless

Sandy homeless: Tens of thousands affected by storms still homeless, Hurricane Sandy has come and left the headline news, but for thousands of homeless individuals in New York and New Jersey, the aftermath of the Superstorm is still a very real problem.

The Utica Observer and Dispatch on April 28 carried an in-depth look at the families who are still without homes and forced to live in shelters, government housing or with family and friends.

Six months after Superstorm Sandy rocked the eastern U.S. coast, tens of thousands of former homeowners in New York and New Jersey remain homeless and communities are still struggling to recover.

Despite the frustrations and hardships, progress has been made as well. New boardwalks will be ready for summer along the beachfront tourist communities, and homes are being erected even as ruined ones are bulldozed.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some people are doing just fine while others are facing ‘‘horrendous’’ obstacles to recovery.

“Some families and some lives have come back together quickly and well, and some people are up and running almost as if nothing ever happened, and for them it’s been fine,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Thursday. “Some people are still very much in the midst of recovery. You still have people in hotel rooms, you still have people doubled up, you still have people fighting with insurance companies, and for them it’s been terrible and horrendous.”

The federal government has paid billions in flood insurance claims and housing assistance in the two states, with more to come.

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