NJ's displaced residents seeking shelter after Sandy now have a new option.

UNION BEACH, NJ - NOVEMBER 03: A house on the shore stands devastated by Superstorm Sandy on November 2, 2012 in Union Beach, New Jersey. (Getty Images)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has activated a Transitional Sheltering Assistance program open to NJ, NY Sandy survivors who are not able to return to their homes due to storm-related damages.

The program allows eligible survivors who are in shelters to stay in participating hotels, motels until more permanent housing accommodations are arranged.

"FEMA is supporting the State of New York and New Jersey with meeting the housing needs of their residents," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "The Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program is providing survivors currently staying in shelters with the chance to find a hotel or motel while recovery continues."

FEMA says individuals are eligible for the sheltering program if:

  • They register with FEMA for assistance.
  • The pass identity verification.
  • Their pre-disaster primary residence is in a geographic area designated for the program and their occupancy can be verified.

HOW TO REGISTER WITH FEMA:

  • NJ, NY residents can call 1(800) 621-3362
  • Residents can register from a mobile phone at m.fema.gov
  • Residents can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov