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FEMA extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance program

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the state of New York, approved a 15-day extension to its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels.

The TSA checkout date has been extended to Sept.16. FEMA is calling applicants eligible for the new extension to notify them of the new checkout date.

The temporary TSA program allows eligible Hurricane Sandy survivors whose houses have been severely damaged or destroyed to stay in a hotel for a limited time. The cost of the room is paid directly to the hotel by FEMA.

The extension was approved to help those applicants still eligible for the program to remain in hotels as FEMA and its state, local and voluntary agency partners work to identify longer-term housing solutions. All TSA applicants currently staying in hotels are evaluated for continued eligibility.

FEMA continues to work in coordination with local, state, tribal and voluntary agency partners to assist applicants through outreach and comprehensive casework to identify and transition them to more suitable temporary or long-term housing.

For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/SandyNY, www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy and www.fema.gov/blog.