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Shore Residents Sleeping in Cars

Displaced residents being evicted from temporary housing for weddings. Sleeping in cars for weekends

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Hurricane Sandy SurveySea Bright Mayor Dina Long told MMM that the residents of her community that have been sleeping in cars are people who have been put up in hotels by FEMA who are evicted by the hotels on weekends in order to accommodate wedding guests.

“When hotels have weddings or events, people get evicted for the weekend,” Long said via twitter, “I just learned of people sleeping in cars because of this and I’m hopping mad.”

Long said that FEMA’s response has been, “Well, when that happens the people should call us.”  Yet, when people do call FEMA’s 800 #, the FEMA employees who answer the phone are dropping the ball or don’t know what to do.

Long said she trying to reach her displaced residents in this situation to coordinate weekend housing through Sea Bright Rising and other charities. ”FEMA knows where my people are, I need their help in locating them.”

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