Councilman Richards Fights for Homeless Sandy Victims
Local council members are fighting to keep homeless Sandy victims housed. Funding to house Sandy victims who lost their homes may end soon, but City Council Member Donovan Richards, Council Member Annabel Palma, and homeless advocacy groups are fighting to keep them from winding up on the streets.
On Wednesday, October 2nd, Council Members Richards and Palma met on the steps of City Hall to unveil a proposal to find safe, affordable and permanent housing for homeless Hurricane Sandy victims. Together they called for an improved plan to keep these New Yorkers off of the streets.
“Though New York City has done much to assist families displaced by Hurricane Sandy,” Council Members Richards and Palma said, “hundreds of New Yorkers still remain sheltered in hotels, awaiting repairs to their homes or seeking affordable apartments with rental vouchers that only recently became available.”
The NYC Department of Homeless Services is planning on cutting funding for hotel rooms for residents who lost their homes in the storm. The council members claim that DHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency haven’t done enough to find permanent, affordable housing for Sandy victims, who may not have anywhere else to go than into the shelter system.
“Despite the Court’s decision to lift the injunction that prevented the Department of Homeless Services from removing people from hotels, we urge FEMA to continue funding, and the Administration to continue managing the hotel program until those most affected by Sandy can put their lives back together. Now is not the time to further disrupt the lives of New Yorkers who have suffered more than enough. Permanent housing—not the shelter system—can and must be the end goal for all,” Council Members Richards and Palma added.