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FEMA Rental Assistance Set To Run Out For 1,300 NY, NJ Families Displaced By Sandy

FILE - A seriously damaged home is seen in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island on November 3, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

FILE – A seriously damaged home is seen in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island on November 3, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A year and a half after superstorm Sandy hit, about 1,300 families in New York and New Jersey are set to lose their federal rental assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency benefit that helped victims of the Oct. 2012 storm obtain temporary housing will run out on Thursday.

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

A FEMA spokesman told the Wall Street 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 said FEMA continues to work on a one-on-one basis with disaster survivors.

FEMA has provided billions of dollars in aid to individuals impacted by Sandy. The agency has also awarded billions of dollars in grants to upgrade infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the devastating storm.

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