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Over 1,000 NY, NJ families losing FEMA rental aid

Local News | Apr 29, 2014

Over 1,000 NY, NJ families losing FEMA rental aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 1,000 families in New York and New Jersey displaced by Superstorm Sandy are losing their federal rental assistance.

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

Citing FEMA statistics, the Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/QQzfxL0 ) 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.

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