The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than 277,000 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have registered for assistance and more than $251 million have been approved.

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FEMA also said Tuesday that 95,000 people are eligible for emergency housing assistance in New York and New Jersey. The figures for each state weren't immediately available.

The program allows survivors who can't return to their homes due to storm Sandy damage to stay in participating hotels or motels

until more suitable housing becomes available.

Individuals can sign up for assistance at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).


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