Sandy victims continue making mortgage payments on storm damaged homes

Superstorm Sandy victims say they continue to struggle and wait for federal aid while making mortgage payments on homes they can no longer live in.

Barbara Van Asselt has been living in a rented apartment since Superstorm Sandy gutted her house.

Barbara Van Asselt has been living in a rented apartment since Superstorm Sandy gutted her house. (1/30/14)

BALDWIN - Superstorm Sandy victims say they continue to struggle and wait for federal aid while making mortgage payments on homes they can no longer live in.

As News 12 has reported, lawmakers approved nearly $1 billion for Long Island homeowners. NY Rising, the state program that oversees the distribution of funds, has so far given out only about a tenth of that money.

NY Rising head Jon Kaiman has promised millions more is coming and says the process is slow because of federal red tape. NY Rising recently announced it will be extending mortgage and rental assistance for the next 20 months.

Still, homeowners like Michele Mittleman, who has rented a one-bedroom apartment since Sandy destroyed her Freeport home 15 months ago, say the federal funds have not come quickly enough.

β€œAt this point, it's show me the money,” says Barbara Van Asselt, who has been living in a rented apartment since Superstorm Sandy gutted her house. β€œI need to get home.”

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