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No homes fully rebuilt under NYC Sandy program

March 31, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City politicians and victims of Superstorm Sandy are attacking a city-run program that's supposed to rebuild homes destroyed by the storm.

Officials admitted at a city council hearing Monday that construction has begun on only three homes — and none have been completely rebuilt.

A year and a half after the storm, checks have been mailed to just three homeowners — totaling $100,000. And those checks were only sent out last week.

Officials say the city needs another $1 billion in federal funding to serve the thousands of New Yorkers who've applied for help from the Build-It-Back program.

The city says it's waiting for the final installment of a federal Housing and Urban Development block grant.

Several Sandy victims testified that the program failed them during the hearing.

 
 

 

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