Displaced residents being evicted from temporary housing for weddings. Sleeping in cars for weekends

O’Scanlon:  Temporary FEMA Housing to be extended for two weeks

Displaced residents should call Assemblyman O’Scanlon’s offfice for help: 732-933-1591

Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long told MMM that the residents of her community that have been sleeping in cars are people who have been put up in hotels by FEMA who are evicted by the hotels on weekends in order to accommodate wedding guests.

“When hotels have weddings or events, people get evicted for the weekend,” Long said via twitter, “I just learned of people sleeping in cars because of this and I’m hopping mad.”

Long said that FEMA’s response has been, “Well, when that happens the people should call us.”  Yet, when people do call FEMA’s 800 #, the FEMA employees who answer the phone are dropping the ball or don’t know what to do.

Long said she trying to reach her displaced residents in this situation to coordinate weekend housing through Sea Bright Rising and other charities. “FEMA knows where my people are, I need their help in locating them.”

Union Beach Councilman Charlie Cocuzza told MMM that the same situation is happening to displaced residents of his borough. “The hotels are asking people to leave on Friday and tell them they can come back on Sunday night,” said Cocuzza, “These people are falling through the cracks on weekends.”

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said that his legislative office has been transformed to a clearing house for temporary housing to match people in need with a roof over their heads. “This should not be happening,” said O’Scanlon, “but too often we’re hearing about it too late. No one should be sleeping in their cars.  Anyone, from my district or not, can call my office and we’ll find them a place to stay.”

O’Scanlon’s office said landlords or anyone willing to put up a displaced resident can also contact them.  O’Scanlon’s phone # is 732-933-1591.

FEMA temporay housing allowances are set to expire on Saturday the 12th.  O’Scanlon told MMM that the program will be extended for two weeks.

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Posted: January 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Sea Bright, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Displaced residents being evicted from temporary housing for weddings. Sleeping in cars for weekends”

  1. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Why are people sleeping in cars? said at 10:07 am on January 9th, 2013:

    […] UPDATE:  Displaced residents are sleeping in cars because they are being evicted from their hotels on weekends to accommodate wedding guests.  Read about it here. […]

  2. Not That It's Right said at 1:21 pm on January 9th, 2013:

    But I Can See Hotels Dumping People On Weekends, After All; NYC Hotels Did That For Potential Marathon Runners That Doomberg Was Hosting.

    However, I just don’t get not being able to get MONTHLY housing assistance from FEMA.

    Ours went so smoothly. Something is disjointed there.

    Mike Laffey is correct though. You have to grab the bull by the horns and manage your situation, and be a pest.

  3. The nagging concern said at 11:05 am on January 10th, 2013:

    for me is that it frankly appears that we weren’t New Orleans, and therefore there does not seem to be the urgency,on the part of this congress and pres.,to get help to our area in any hurry. They were breaking their necks and backs to appear concerned and rushed TONS of tax dollars down there. If you’ve been there since Katrina, you will see the tremendous amount that continues to be poured into there. Look, victim of disaster knows no color or station in life: it also looked to me that NOone rushed forward to help the tornado victims in the Midwest: they left it to them to heal and rebuild,mostly on their own. It’s gotten so sickening to me that political expediency,for many of these officials, and phony “care “of the downtrodden in certain voting blocks, appears to have taken precedence,over doing what is right no matter where the victims live-and, frankly, largely, what color they may be! Shame on those officials!

  4. MargaretPMcCord said at 1:10 am on February 2nd, 2013:

    temporary housings are a lot better than hotels. there are more advantages to using temporary housing