NEW YORK (AP) — There are still a lot of people in Midland Beach and other Staten Island shorefront neighborhoods who are displaced or living in partially restored homes, often without basic facilities.
Aiman Youssef will soon move into an apartment next door to the lot where his home once stood.
The lot is now occupied by a tent. It's a relief center for Midland Beach residents struggling to rebuild.
Youssef has been cooking meals there all year.
It also serves as a place where residents can get supplies and information. They manage to retain a sense of community even though about half the population is gone.
Youssef wants to stay in the neighborhood he's called home for 20 years.
He says that this time, his house will be higher.