FEMA extends deadline for Sandy repair program

January 25, 2013 03:00PM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave New Yorkers whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy a 30-day extension on applications for home repairs, the City Room blog of the New York Times reported.

The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which has helped New Yorkers to continue living in participating hotels and motels, will also be extended a fortnight, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“We remain committed to assisting all victims of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring that they have the shelter they need, especially in this cold weather,” Gov. Cuomo, who requested that FEMA grant extensions, said in a statement. “The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program will continue to provide shelter to those New Yorkers who do not have homes to return and help others with critically needed funding to rebuild.”

As of last week, a FEMA-funded program known as Rapid Repairs had completed work on more than 10,000 Sandy-damaged homes. [NYT]Hiten Samtani