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Sandy Refugees In NYC Protest End Of Housing Program

A protest in Manhattan about housing for Sandy refugees - April 23, 2013 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A protest in Manhattan about housing for Sandy refugees – April 23, 2013 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A program that houses those left homeless by superstorm sandy will wind down on April 30 and that has prompted a small protest outside city offices in downtown Manhattan.

City officials say Sandy’s victims are moving back into their homes or moving on to new homes. Those living in hotels are being offered section 8 vouchers or other options, though the city says there will be no evictions.

But Alyce Sapp, a Far Rockaway resident who has been living in hotels since December, says all she’s been offered is a city shelter.

“I heard about what things goes on there and it’s not safe, especially with kids and I have twin daughters and a grandchild, brand new,” Sapp told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane. “I’m not going. I refuse to go.”

“I’m not going to a shelter,” Doris Johnson, a Far Rockaway homeowner for more than 30 years, told Murnane. “I lost completely everything. I don’t have nothing and for them to fix my house, which they fixing it now and they’re doing a good job and knowing that I’ll be back in there.”

The protesters gathered numbered fewer than two dozen, but organizers said they speak for hundreds in hotels scattered across the five boroughs.