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One hundred days after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, many residents still don’t have permanent homes to return to. They are staying wherever they can find a bed, whether it’s hotels, rentals or crashing with friends and family.
Instant relocation is hard enough. Imagine doing it with four kids and number five on the way. That’s the situation Jennifer Dady and her family face. Their home in Broad Channel, a Queens area on the water, was heavily damaged and is under repair. After a carousel of temporary living arrangements, they finally found a suitable rental in the Rockaways, not far from their neighborhood.
“It’s helpful that I’m close. The kids can stay in their school, so that’s good,” she says as her children, aged 2 to 10, hover loudly. “I can keep an eye on my house. It’s easier. It’s definitely easier.”
She’s moving into a newly renovated building. Its developer Ron Moelis, principal at L+M Development Partners, has been working with the city to provide priority access to displaced people. Now that work is gradually finishing on the roughly 300 units in the Queens building, interest is strong from Sandy victims. That was not the case for apartments he offered through the Sandy housing program in the Bronx and northern Manhattan.
“I don’t think we had any takers outside the affected areas, which was a little bit of a surprise,” Moelis says.
Sandy’s victims wanted to stay close to home, where their family, friends and schools are. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Mike Byrne leads Sandy relief here. A former New York firefighter raised in New York public housing, he understands those ties.
“These neighborhoods are the center of their family lives, their cultural lives,” Byrne stresses. “In many cases, it’s where people speak their language. We have 25 different languages we have to translate our material into.”
Not to mention that New York’s a dense urban area where many lack cars. You can move just a mile and be a world away. The housing challenge is quite different than the tornado-stricken small towns FEMA regularly responds to. All this underscores why some residents forced out of their homes by storm damage have more waiting ahead.
As for Queens mother Jennifer Dady, she wants her family back in their home before her next child is born. Her due date is July. She’s not optimistic.
Kai Ryssdal: Today makes it 100 days since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast. And a lot of New Yorkers and New Jerseyites still don't have permanent homes to return to. So they're staying wherever they can find a bed -- hotels, rentals or crashing with friends and family.
Marketplace's Mark Garrison reports on the enduring housing challenge.
Mark Garrison: Instant relocation is hard enough. Try doing it with four kids and number five on the way.
Jennifer Dady: It’s hard for them. It’s just, it’s a lot of work.
That’s the situation Jennifer Dady and her family are in. Their Queens home is heavily damaged and under repair. They’ve bounced around staying with family and friends. They finally found a rental in the Rockaways, near their house.
Dady: It’s helpful that I’m close. The kids can stay in their school, so that’s good. You know, I can keep an eye on my house. It’s easier. It’s definitely easier.
She’s moving into a newly renovated building. Ron Moelis is the developer. He has a deal with the City to provide priority access to displaced people. Interest is strong, unlike apartments he offered elsewhere, like the Bronx.
Ron Moelis: I don’t think we had any takers outside the affected areas, which was a little bit of a surprise.
Sandy’s victims wanted to stay close to home, where their family, friends and schools are. FEMA’s Mike Byrne leads Sandy relief here. A native New Yorker, he understands those ties.
Mike Byrne: These neighborhoods are the center of their family lives, their cultural lives. In many cases, it’s where people speak their language. We have 25 different languages we have to translate our material into.
Not to mention that New York’s a dense urban area where many lack cars. You can move just a mile and be a world away. As for Jennifer Dady in Queens, she wants her family back in their home before her next child is born. Her due date is July. She’s not optimistic. In New York, I'm Mark Garrison, for Marketplace.
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The long-suffering, and all-but-bankrupt United States Postal Service, said today that starting in August, it will stop stuffing home mailboxes on Saturdays. The USPS figures to save $2 billion a year.
The postal service is losing $25 million a day delivering our mail, but what’s in our mail these days? If you look in your mailbox, you might see a magazine or two, some bank statements and, of course, junk. But mostly, it's what is called first-class mail. Postal industry analyst John Callan says the category is made mostly of business mail -- billing statements and checks.
“If they’re still paying checks in the mail," he says.
Callan says deliveries of first-class envelopes have been declining and with that, so too has the postal service’s revenue. Junk mail, or what the industry calls standard or advertising mail, now makes up half of the mail’s volume but brings in much less money. And even that is declining. You can expect 3 percent less junk mail in your mailbox this year.
But don’t think this is a foreshadowing of the beginning of the end of your mail. Rick Geddes, who teaches in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell, says your mail deliveries for the foreseeable future, are safe. And he’s not basing that statement on raw optimism.
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