FEMA extends shelter program for LIers displaced by Sandy

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More than 600 Sandy-displaced Long Island households that remain in federally funded hotels or motels got another reprieve Thursday, when officials announced a 14-day program extension.

About 1,450 households statewide are still staying in such accommodations -- more than 100 days after superstorm Sandy struck.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said all program recipients were being evaluated for eligibility on "a case-by-case" basis, with FEMA officials in regular contact with those people still unable to find housing.

"It's a two-way street," FEMA Long Island spokesman John Mills said. "FEMA continues to try to assist people . . . and program recipients are providing updates on the state of repairs or their efforts to find alternative accommodation."

The new checkout date for those in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program is Feb. 24. FEMA will notify applicants eligible for the extension of that date, the agency said.

The program allows eligible Sandy victims whose houses have been severely damaged or destroyed to stay in a hotel or motel for a limited time and have the cost of the room and taxes paid directly by FEMA.

Meals, telephone calls and other incidental charges are not covered, and applicants are responsible for any lodging costs above the authorized allowance.

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