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City Planning To End Hotel Program For Sandy Victims

Displaced People Would Reportedly Be Moved To Homeless Shelters
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Superstorm Sandy relief program that put displaced residents into hotels is set to expire, leaving some families without clear options.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Saturday morning, the New York City program for Sandy victims has cost nearly $74 million so far. Now, city officials have decided they want to end the program, which still houses 348 displaced people from the five boroughs.

The federal government will stop reimbursing the city for the hotel rooms at the end of the month, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The newspaper reported the city wants the remaining families to move into the homeless shelter system.

But the Legal Aid Society is fighting the city, saying many people can’t afford to fix up their homes.

The city program houses people in 29 hotels at a rate of $260 per night.

The program has taken in about 1,440 families since Sandy struck on Oct. 29 of last year, the newspaper reported.

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