Sandy evacuees demand better housing at City Hall

February 5, 2013 2:22:21 PM PST
There are questions about the conditions some people are living in after Superstorm Sandy.

Specifically where people in New York City are temporarily being housed.

"This is too much for us to handle, physically and emotionally," said Isaiah Douglas, 9-years-old.

Isaiah Douglas was speaking more like an adult than a 9-year-old; three months after Superstorm Sandy left him and his whole family without a home.

Isaiah lived in Far Rockaway and then in three other places before the city placed him and his family at the Doubletree Hotel in Times Square.

They are nice living accommodations, but they are in a place where you need lots of money to live.

"I eat cereal every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner because my mom can't afford anything," Douglas said.

"If they say, 'Please mommy, can I have an apple', basic things that any mom would want for their child," said Nateisha Laws, Isaiah's mother.

Advocates for the homeless were outside City Hall Tuesday with some of the evacuees.

They were demanding more permanent housing and more assistance for food and transportation.

Among the worst situations were those in a single room occupancy walk up where they say they've had little heat, metal cots, and in John Calhoun's case, a room that feels more like, a closet.

He said on a scale of 1 to 10 he said it was a 10 or 11 because he was freezing cold.

Keep in mind some of the folks in Morrisania had living situations before Sandy, that were marginal, at best.

The mayor's office pointed out that they have provided housing at more than 50 locations, in all five boroughs.

They insist, "All those locations have been determined to be safe and the city continues to provide case management services to address any issues that arise."

Isaiah hopes the mayor understands his issues.

"My heart has a wide hole in it," Douglas said.

They are issues that he and others have made painfully clear.

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