Deal struck on housing for New York City Sandy victims

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy coverage from Eyewitness News, WABC-TV in New York City

December 5, 2012 5:43:33 AM PST
Sandy victims will be given priority for about 2,500 vacant New York City apartments under a deal struck between property owners and government officials.

The Wall Street Journal says the apartments are owned by private landlords.

The storm displaced tens of thousands of residents from their homes. They've been living in shelters, hotels or with relatives and friends.

Landlords and city, state and federal officials have been negotiating a deal for about a month.

The Journal says some details haven't been finalized. But apartment listings are expected to go live this week on Urban Edge, a no-fee apartment listing website.

They'll be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Storm victims could lease them directly from landlords or have the city place them in housing that meets their needs.

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