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Over 1,000 Families Losing FEMA Rental Aid

Over 1,000 families in New York and New Jersey displaced by Superstorm Sandy are losing their federal rental assistance.

Sandy Renters
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency benefit that helped them obtain temporary housing runs out on Thursday.

Citing FEMA statistics, the Wall Street Journal says about 1,300 households will be affected.

The storm devastated the area in 2012.

At its peak, New York had 90,944 households receiving rental assistance. New Jersey had 44,592.

A FEMA spokesman tells the Journal that 99 percent of those who received rental assistance have moved out of the program.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and state governments are coordinating long-term housing assistance for those who need it.

The spokesman says FEMA continues to work on a one-on-one basis with disaster survivors.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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