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FEMA hotel funding for Sandy-hit homeowners to expire Sunday

New Yorkers who receive federal funding to stay in hotels because their homes were damaged by Sandy are being told that the funding will run out after Sunday.

A spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday is the scheduled checkout date for New Yorkers staying in hotels funded by FEMA's transitional sheltering assistance program. However, the spokesman, John Mills, said, "A decision about whether the program will be extended is in the process of being made."

The decision could be made "by the end of the week," he said early Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of Long Islanders are staying in hotel rooms funded by the program, Mills said.
The program began Nov. 3, with an original checkout date of Nov. 17, according to a news release from FEMA. It has been extended more than once, Mills said.

Jonathan Mendoza, a carpenter who is sharing a FEMA-funded Rockville Centre hotel room with his 18-year-old son because his Long Beach home suffered extensive damage in the storm, said he is concerned about displaced people who are older or who suffer from illnesses.

"My heart is broken for all these people," he said.

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