Federal government seeks rental housing in NYC for displaced residents

Thousands of families in New York City were affected in various ways by Sandy, including many households becoming displaced due to unlivable conditions. Because of this, the federal government is stepping in to find temporary housing for these residents.

U.S. officials are trying to find suitable, part-time housing for a number of families in NYC, especially in projects throughout the city, the New York Times reports.

The newspaper indicates Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan has urged many rental property management companies and property owners to assist in whatever way they can.

A couple weeks following the devastating storm, the paper reports a number of landlords and other property executives in NYC offered to help out. The Real Estate Board of New York and the state Association for Affordable Housing, among other groups, reportedly held meetings to discuss plans for housing for the residents.

Other initiatives are getting underway in New Jersey and other areas of New York, according to the Times.

Another way in which the government has helped those affected by Sandy is by putting a halt on all foreclosure activity for those whose homes were damaged.