Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on FEMA to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program beyond the standard two weeks.
Senator Charles Schumer called on FEMA on Tuesday to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program beyond the standard two week extension into the spring, when warmer temperatures will permit Superstorm Sandy victims to live in homes undergoing repairs.
“Given the breadth and depth of Superstorm Sandy’s damages and the amount of work disaster survivors have to complete before homes are considered safe and habitable, it simply common sense to extend TSA for a reasonable period of time longer than two weeks,” Schumer wrote.
The deadline for applications was Jan. 26, with a Feb. 10 checkout.
Schumer is concerned that displaced families will now be seeking shelter during the remainder of the cold season.
“These families have suffered enough because of Sandy and FEMA should extend shelter assistance so that displaced families are not left in the cold while they rebuild their homes,” Schumer said. “I am relieved that FEMA extended the assistance through February 10th, however, this is just not enough. Extending the TSA program through the spring will ensure these families a warm place to stay during these cold winter months.”
There has been no word on any further extensions of the TSA program.
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