Petition is successful with 2,038 signatures
To: Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond
Don’t let DHS Throw my Family and other Sandy Victims out on the Streets
VICTORY! In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of thousands of homes in the New York area were destroyed. Many of these residents have struggled to find new homes, such as Rachel Rivera, a member of New York Communities for Change, who moved to a Holiday Inn Express on 29th Street with her daughter Marisol for six months following the collapse of the roof in her home. Rachel and hundreds of Sandy victims were facing an arbitrary eviction date of April 30 until she started her petition to New York Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond demanding that the deadline be extended so that she and other families affected by Hurricane Sandy could find long term housing. After Rachel started the petition below, over 2,000 people signed and helped bring public attention to the issue. A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge later ordered the city to extend the hotel program for families like hers for 15 days, to help with the transition.