Six months after Hurricane Sandy swept across New York City's coastlines, most people affected by the storm have moved on from crisis mode. Power's back, insurance has (hopefully) kicked in. But there's a smaller group of people--a little less than 200 households altogether--for whom Hurricane Sandy is still an everyday battle. This time, though, they're not wrestling with storm surge. Their fight is with the city.
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Some 1,500 people have lived in New York City hotels with the assistance of the Department of Homeless Services after their homes were destroyed by Sandy. Those who haven't yet found new housing are called "homeless," but they weren't before the storm. Some lost their jobs in the aftermath, some are undocumented--and at least one is a recovering victim of a violent crime. In March, the DHS sent notice that the hotel-dwellers had until April 30 to leave, despite the fact that some housing was not yet ready for the 125 households that were in the middle of transitioning, and that 71 other households had no place to go at all.
This week, judge extended that deadline until May 15, but victims could find themselves in the same situation in another two.