March 20, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Housing Extension for Sandy Victims

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 21-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Superstorm Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.

The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is April 14, 2013. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date.

"The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program continues to be an essential resource for the New Yorkers who were hit hardest by Sandy," Governor Cuomo said. "This extension allows them to have a temporary place to stay and more time to get their lives back to normal."

This is a short-term program that places families in hotels while they work toward a longer-term housing plan.

To be eligible for TSA, survivors must first apply for federal assistance through FEMA by:

  • Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
  • Registering via smartphone or tablet by using the FEMA app or going to m.fema.gov; or
  • Registering by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585). For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.