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.

Don’t let DHS Throw my Family and other Sandy Victims out on the Streets

Families who were displaced by Sandy and are living in hotels need long-term affordable housing, not to be thrown out into the streets for the second time since the storm. Extend the April 30th deadline until all displaced families are placed into apartments that they can afford.

Why is this important?

My seven year old daughter Marisol and I have called our room in the Holiday Inn Express on 29th Street home for the past six months since the roof in our apartment collapsed during Hurricane Sandy. But in a few days, we are going to lose our home again—this time because of an arbitrary deadline set by the Department of Homeless Services. No one wants to call a hotel home, but the only other option we’ve been given by the city is the streets.

My daughter and I are not alone. Hundreds of Sandy victims, living in hotels throughout New York City will be evicted from our rooms on Tuesday April 30th. Like Marisol and I, many of those families have nowhere else to go. The number of New Yorkers sleeping in homeless shelters is at an all-time high and families like mine are about to join them. We are victims of natural disaster and deserve to be treated with dignity.

Sign my petition demanding that DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond postpones the April 30th deadline to evict Sandy families living in hotels until there is a plan to find us all housing that we can afford for the long term.

MORE INFO
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/23963-homeless-sandy-victims-facing-april-30-deadline/

New York, NY

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Reasons for signing

  • I was born & raised in New York City- it has gotten really bad and plan on coming back in May but not to stay. Treat your people well, what happened to NYC?
  • if we can give housing to others, these families deserve to stay where they are. You have to have a heart and be human.
  • 6 months since Sandy - shouldn't they be HELPING people to find a new home or to get their 'old' homes fixed? It would save the city money! Please sign this!

Updates

2016-08-22 13:56:33 -0700
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Petition is successful with 2,038 signatures

2013-08-21 13:22:42 -0700
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Petition is successful with 2031 signatures

2013-08-19 15:59:38 -0700
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Petition is successful with 2030 signatures