Tuesday, January 29, 2013
City sends Sandy victims to unsafe housing
From CBS 2:
Victims of Superstorm Sandy who are staying in temporary housing aren’t expecting room service, but some say that they are living in shocking conditions.
“We’re victims of Sandy but we shouldn’t have to be punished because of that,” a man who identified himself as Monroe, told CBS 2′s Steve Langford.
Residents of these temporary lodgings have complained of a lack of heat and problems with infestation.
“The roaches, and a lot of it has to do with, the mice,” said one man.
Some Sandy victims have been lucky enough to be put up in hotels like the Holiday Inn and the Double Tree, but more than two dozen former residents of the Rockaways are living in a pair of run down rooming houses in the Longwood section of the Bronx.
Those two buildings have reportedly received dozens of housing code violations and have numerous fire safety problems. When CBS 2 stopped by, a smoke alarm appeared to be running on a low battery; the building’s super said that he would replace it.
And the rapid home repairs aren't what they're cracked up to be.