City Rushes to House Up to 40,000 Displaced by Sandy as Temps Drop

The majority of those displaced are residents of public housing in New York City.

In the worst case scenario, as many as 40,000 New Yorkers were left homeless in the wake of Sandy’s destruction, said Department of Housing and Urban Development figures, according to the New York Times.

A more realistic assessment may be 20,000 people, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and most of them are residents of public housing.

The city is currently scrambling to find shelter for those displaced by last week's storm.

“We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city,” Bloomberg said on Sunday, according to the Times. “We are not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets or go without blankets, but it’s a challenge, and we’re working on that as fast as we can.”

Most people could be housed in hotels or apartments, said FEMA director Craig Fugate, but evacuations at public housing complexes were causing confusion.

“They tell us we might evacuate,” Gloria Evans, a resident of Hammel Houses in the Rockaways told the Times. “Are they going to help us? They can’t just move everyone out and have no place to put them,” she said.

The onset of freezing temperatures did nothing to aid those without a warm place to stay – Sunday evening temperatures fell to the 30s, according to the National Weather Service. In response, New York City opened heating shelters and on Sunday, officials were passing out blankets to residents without electricity.

At the very least, says the paper, the gas shortage is easing. According to numbers released late Sunday by the Energy Department, only 27 percent of the gas stations in the New York metropolitan area reported to be out of fuel, down from 67 percent on Friday.

Joe Gonzalez November 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
This is just the excuse Mayor Bloomberg is looking for. he now has a chance toshut down NYCHA publ;ic housing even further. I predict those Rockaway and Coney Island area housing projects will reopen as luxury housing for the Breezy Point folks whose homes burnt to the ground. Also its not true there "isn't a lot of empty space to house" folks, there are 500 empty apts in Fort Green housing projects and have been for at least seven years.
boygabe November 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I can direct Mr. Bloomberg to plenty of empty apartments and houses right here in Bed-Stuy. But it won't help because Bloomberg won't want to hurt property values of his big banking buddies.
Blankocat November 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Hey Joe, don't see the folks from Breezy Point moving into NYCHA anytime soon.


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