It’s been an entire year since Hurricane Sandy barreled through the East Coast, destroying more than 650,000 structures across the region and killing 160 in the New York/New Jersey area.
The storm also claimed dozens of lives in the Caribbean, inflicted billions of dollars in damages and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.
And though most of the damage has been cleaned up, buildings restored, piers rebuilt and the water that covered Lower Manhattan pumped away, thousands of residents in the region are still without homes.
Whether due to the government’s infamous delay in relief funds, or the state of rebuilding in different areas, the fact is that some hard-hit neighborhoods are still dotted with empty lots where houses once stood.
According to NBC:
For most of those still displaced by Sandy – which includes at least 27,000 households in New York and New Jersey, according to state and local officials – money is the major barrier to getting home. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided more than $1.4 billion in assistance to more than 182,000 disaster survivors in five states, including New York and New Jersey. But states have been slower to supply key $150,000 to $300,000 federal grants, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to individual homeowners facing funding shortages as they rebuild.
And for now, many Superstorm Sandy victims still see no path home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those families today as they reflect on a year full of hardship, survival and a hope that continues to inspire us all.
SOURCE: NBC | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty