Sandy Victims Sue to Stay in Hotels
Tens of thousands remain homeless
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2013 10:39 AM CDT
New Orleans firefighters tour the Breezy Point section of Queens, NY, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – New Yorkers left homeless after Hurricane Sandy were supposed to leave their city-funded hotel rooms today—but they've sued to extend their stay. The suit, which argues that the city hasn't kept its promise to help them find new homes, seems to have some traction: A judge yesterday blocked the city from ending the hotel program as intended, the Wall Street Journal reports. The city plans to "vigorously challenge" the court order, says a city lawyer. Of the 196 households due to exit the hotels today, 71 were shown and rejected income-appropriate apartments, says an official; the rest didn't qualify for city-controlled housing. Plaintiffs, however, say the city barely helped them. The program has cost NYC $40 million thus far.

That's not the only unfortunate Sandy-related news out today: The AP reports on a new study that finds the superstorm released 11 billion gallons of sewage from treatment plants into bodies of water along the East Coast; one-third of it was untreated. The nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central says that amount of sewage could cover Central Park—in a layer 41 feet deep.

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Apr 30, 2013 9:52 PM CDT
You know...if something happened to my home..there _might_ be some "supportive" help initially form the local area...but, I would not expect to be housed on the public coffers until I found my "dream home"!! I would be out and about finding my own shelter and using the insurance money (from the "home owners insurance plan I paid for myself) to help cover my expenses! Why do these people feel "entitled" to this continued coverage?? I do not understand at all. Apparently "boot straps" are not being distributed among mankind anymore!
Apr 30, 2013 5:41 PM CDT
'Income appropriate' housing is not the same as appropriate housing. My husband and I had a beautiful Manhattan apartment with views of the Empire State from the living room and master bedroom, and the World Trade Center and New York Harbor from the roof top deck. But, after 20 years, I was really sick of my unwindowed 6'x4' kitchen with its teensy stove, apartment size fridge and no dishwasher. As a NYC native, I can imagine the dumps these people were shown. A pig sty with an outhouse would be a step up. None of you would live in those places, I guarantee it.
Apr 30, 2013 1:18 PM CDT
If I didn’t think the Fed Gov would eventually have to pick up the tab.. I wouldn’t care if liberal NY would give them housing… indefinitely. And if you want to compare Sandy to Katrina.. Compare the Free Loader Populations. Mississippi and Alabama were both hit harder than Louisiana. The difference was MA and AL picked themselves up without 1/10 of the FEMA help these freeloaders want.