Last night on AC360, Gary Tuchman's report featured the Camaradas from Staten Island, New York, one of the families still struggling one year after Superstorm Sandy struck. They met President Obama after losing their home in the storm, and they personally asked for help. Now the Camaradas are unable to get a government loan to rebuild their home because they don't have the required flood insurance, which they are unable to afford.
Today, the White House responded to Gary's report:
“A year ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated communities up and down the east coast, requiring a massive response, recovery and rebuilding effort. A year later, that effort continues, but as the President has made clear, we know there is more work to do. There are homes to rebuild, businesses to reopen, and the federal government will continue to stand with the impacted communities every step of the way.
The administration has provided assistance to more than 230,000 people and small businesses through FEMA, Small Business Administration and the Department of Labor. The administration has also announced or paid out nearly 40 billion in funds, with billions more for recovery funds being made available. We will continue to work with residents in the impacted area to ensure they have access to every resource available as we recover and rebuild, and that process will continue in the months and years to come.”
One year after Superstorm Sandy, the job of cleaning up and rebuilding is far from finished. For one Staten Island family who lost their home, the natural disaster was followed by one that was man-made and full of red tape. To rebuild, the Camaradas need a low-interest loan from the government. But they can't get it until they purchase flood insurance, which they cannot afford. Gary Tuchman has their story.
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