Red Cross to help pay for Sandy victims' hotels
BROOKLYN - More help is on the way for the 300 Sandy victims who have been living in hotels since their homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The American Red Cross is offering additional funds to those still trying to transition home. It has announced a $1 million donation to the New York Disaster Interfaith Service. The money is part of more than $300 million that was donated by the public for Sandy relief. This allocation will be used to pay for hotels for people who have found a new home but can't move in yet.
The Red Cross has also approved a two-week extension to the transitional sheltering assistance program, allowing victims to stay in hotels through Oct. 19. They donated $1 million to give them more time to find housing.
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The Red Cross says nearly 90 percent of money donated by the public has been allocated for relief and recovery efforts.