The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows survivors of Superstorm Sandy last October to stay in participating hotels or motels if they cannot return to their homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday. New York requested the extension, he said.
With the extension, participants in the program can stay in lodging through Jan. 26 (with a check-out day of Jan. 27). FEMA will call applicants who are eligible for the extension to notify them of it, according to Cuomo.
“We cannot forget the struggles that continue to plague victims of Hurricane Sandy. Many still do not have homes to return to and continue to need shelter,” the governor said in a statement. “The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program will provide individuals with shelter while we work to get people back into longer-term housing.”
The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program provides temporary housing as FEMA, the state and local partners work to get people back into longer-term housing, said Michael F. Byrne, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer. “That’s our number one priority,” he said.
Survivors have to apply for federal assistance through FEMA to be eligible for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. They can do so online; via smartphone or tablet by using the FEMA app or going to m.fema.gov; or by calling 800-621-FEMA. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362.
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