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NY1 For You: Disabled Queens Boy In Sandy-Damaged Home Gets A Way Out

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A disabled Queens boy was a prisoner in his own home, trapped in his building with elevators broken since Hurricane Sandy, but NY1 For You helped him get a new home where he's free to come and go. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

Ten-year-old Quentin Morales finally has the freedom to leave his home after four months.

Three weeks ago, NY1 first reported on how Quentin, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, was stuck in his apartment on the seventh floor of his Rockaway Beach building, where the elevators are still out from Hurricane Sandy.

Quentin had to be home schooled and was missing important doctor's appointments.

"He's really stuck in the house, and my biggest fear is that god forbid there's a fire or any type of emergency, we're trapped here," Joanne Morales, Quentin's relative, said at the time.

After the Morales' contacted NY1, the station called management for the building which at first did not respond.

NY1 then contacted the Mayor's Housing Recovery Office and the City Commission On Human Rights. Both agencies worked together and convinced management to move the Morales to a nearby two-family model home until the elevators are up and running.

"There's still a long road to go, there's still more ways we need to support them but we're going to work with them on it and do what we do normally, which is getting people back into homes and sustainable solutions," says Morgan Jones of the Housing Recovery Office.

"It's so much better and it looks like we're going to be so much happier," says Joanne Morales.

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