Long Beach residents still struggling after SandyPosted: Updated:
Some residents in Long Beach are still struggling with repairs about 3 1/2 years after Superstorm Sandy hit, and there are concerns that the residents are being overlooked because of their income.
Advocacy group ERASE Racism says that Long Beach Housing Authority tenants have seen few, if any, improvements since the storm.
Resident Melissa Miller says that during Sandy, 5 inches of sewage-tainted water flowed into her apartment at the Channel Park Homes, a low-income housing development run by the city. According to her, all the housing authority did was replace drywall and a refrigerator in her home. Everything else -- cabinets, floors, doors and baseboards -- were only sanitized, she says.
Miller now says she has concerns about her health and also wonders why the housing authority has not made further storm-related improvements.
ERASE Racism also wants to know why there have not been more improvements at Channel Park and other low-income housing in North Park. The housing authority's chief says the agency is now aggressively pursuing repairs funds from FEMA.
The Long Beach Housing Authority tells News 12 that it hopes to have its FEMA funds released by October.