Temporary shelter given to family affected by Sandy

May 22, 2013 3:14:38 PM PDT
There's a new solution for people whose homes are still damaged from Superstorm Sandy.

It's a temporary shelter placed in their front yard.

It's small, but it's a house, and it even comes with solar power.

"This is my daughter's room, Nina," said Bruce Babington, Sandy victim.

Bruce Babington still can't return home, like so many others on Long Island.

"What's it been like for the past six months?" Eyewitness News asked.

"Hard," Nina Babington said.

But the next best thing is just right outside his old front door.

It's a fully compliant temporary home that also can withstand a category one hurricane.

It may not be much but it allows the Babington's to have their own space again.

"It's one step closer to home," Bryant Babington said.

It was all made possible by a $15,000 donation from the United Way.

Babington was taking classes there when they approached him with the offer.

The manufacturer Long Island-based Hunter Insulation is now in talks with FEMA to offer similar homes around the country when disaster strikes like in Oklahoma.

"Everything in this thing is made right here in the northeast, the kitchen, the panels and manufactured here as well," said Jack Hunter, of Hunter Installation.

As well as the solar panel unit powering the home made by Nextek Power Systems in Bohemia.

Babington says he's looking forward to getting back to some sense of normalcy.

"It's nice, it's good, it's going to be fun, the kids like camping. It's like an extended camping trip," Bruce Babington said.