2013-10-11 / Community

Red Cross Aids Sandy Victims In Hotels

Hundreds of Sandy victims remain in hotels as they repair their homes or transition into new ones. The funding for this program has ended, seemingly pushing these families into the homeless system. Shortly after a rally led by Councilman Donovan Richards against this injustice was held by a collection of community leaders, displaced victims, and homeless advocacy organizations, an anonymous donor put forward the money to continue this hotel program. The anonymous donor turns out to be the Red Cross, which has decided to step in and keep these New Yorkers from becoming homeless.

“Today was almost the day hundreds of Sandy victims ended up on the street, or back in their mold filled homes,” Councilman Richards said on Friday. “Although this money will not extend the program forever, this will aid everyday New Yorkers who are in the process of transitioning into new homes and living quarters. This money gives our friends and neighbors the grace period that they need to avoid homelessness. I thank Red Cross for changing people’s lives with this donation and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”

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