Red Cross trying to assist Sandy victims left in limbo after NYC ends hotel program

Published October 04, 2013

| Associated Press

The Red Cross has stepped in to help hundreds of Superstorm Sandy evacuees thrown into housing limbo after New York City stopped paying to put them up in hotels.

Nearly 300 people displaced by the October storm were still staying in 27 hotels at city expense this week, but their last night on the city's dime came Thursday. As of Friday, they were to be on their own.

The Red Cross said Friday it has committed up to $1 million to extend the hotel stays of many of those families.

It wasn't immediately clear, though, whether all would get help in time to avoid eviction.

A social service organization called New York Disaster Interfaith Services was hurriedly working to identify people who had been clients of the city program.