On Friday, New York City ended its funding program that was providing housing aid to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Nearly 300 people are still displaced from the storm, and were staying in New York City hotels. After funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency dried up, the city said continuing to fund the hotel stays would be too costly—with the average room costing $266 per night.
But the Red Cross has pledged to help families by contributing $1 million to extend the hotel stays of many of those families according to this article from the Huffington Post.
Not all victims will receive assistance, but the money is being targeted to people who have a “more permanent” housing solution on the horizon. So people who are completing renovations or repairs to their homes, or those with signed leases on apartments will be in line to receive the Red Cross funding.
The city spent about $70 million on the rooms before ending the program.