It’s been four months since the super storm. And folks are still at loose ends or living in unhealthy conditions. The elderly living in mold infested homes. Kids getting sick from living without proper heat. The delay of aid is unthinkable, the suffering of Americans exacerbated by politics and bureaucracy.
If you could, you would probably want to tell whoever is in charge of housing them to get the job done, wouldn’t you?
Please follow the links and sign the petition in the email I pasted below.
Unbelievable. Four months after Hurricane Sandy devastated so many neighborhoods across New York City, over 2,000 hurricane victims are still homeless (I heard many of their stories during my run for City Council last month). These families want to move into permanent housing, but are being told that they don’t make enough to afford the “affordable” housing available.
Please help us push for safe, permanent housing for our New York neighbors in need. Sign our petition calling on U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to immediately issue disaster housing assistance vouchers to those displaced by Sandy.
Congress has already authorized funding for these housing vouchers, but the federal government has yet to issue them to homeless Sandy victims.
After Hurricane Katrina, the federal government established the Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which provided affordable housing vouchers for low-income people made homeless by the storm. New York City and other communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy deserve similar support.
I was recently elected to represent the Rockaways in the City Council, having run on a campaign calling for an equal, sustainable, and democratic recovery that will rebuild a better New York. I hope you will keep standing with my community and others across the region.
City Councilmember-Elect Donovan Richards
This message was sent to Cecelia Morgan by Councilmember-Elect Donovan Richards from the SignOn.org system.