LINDENHURST - Today was a life-changing day for a Suffolk man who was forced to sleep outside after Superstorm Sandy slammed his home.

Charles Burgio, of Lindenhurst, recently discovered that an old friend would repair his damaged home after seeing his story covered on News 12. Angelo Genova, a contractor from A&S Construction, who says he's known Burgio for more than 40 years, visited him and offered to fix his house.

Burgio had previously been staying in a motel paid for by FEMA until funding stopped. He slept in his backyard because he says he had nowhere else to go.

Contractors are working diligently to repair the house. They say that repairs may take upwards of two months to be complete.

Burgio says he will be staying at a hotel, courtesy of United Way of Long Island, until he can move back home.