FEMA to send trailer homes to displaced in New York, New Jersey

People walk through the heavily damaged Far Rockaway

People walk through the heavily damaged Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens. (Getty) (Credit: People walk through the heavily damaged Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens. (Getty))

FEMA is providing mobile homes to hard-hit areas of New York and New Jersey where residents were displaced by Hurricane Sandy, FEMA's chief said on Thursday.

The trailers will be delivered to storm-struck towns in those states, agency head Craig Fugate told reporters during a conference call briefing.
Homes in New York and New Jersey suffered some of the greatest damage in the massive storm.

Fugate did not know the number of trailers involved and said their final destination was still under discussion.

"We're working on which sites they are going to go to," he said.

FEMA has already provided temporary housing such as hotel rooms to residents of hard-hit Long Island, the coastal suburb east of New York City. He said some people have had to travel as far as Albany, about 150 miles north of New York City, to find available temporary housing.

FEMA trailers provided to displaced residents in the U.S. Gulf Coast area by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 triggered a lawsuit in which people claimed that living in the government-issued housing exposed them to elevated levels of formaldehyde.

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