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Some Sandy Victims Continue to Slip Through Cracks of Recovery System

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Some people are falling through cracks in the system designed for recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and they desperately need help. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Calling Tricia Nazario's home a disaster is not an understatement. She still literally has no first floor. She fears that the joists and beams may rot, and cement could crumble.

"It's terrible," she said. "Every day is terrible."

There's mold growing on the walls and sewage leaking into puddles. It comes from upstairs, where the single unemployed mother lives in three rooms with her two children, six and eight years old.

"I tell them, 'One day, it will be fixed,'" she said.

Like everyone in her neighborhood, Hurricane Sandy flooded Nazario's house with more than four feet of water.

The city's Rapid Repairs program replaced the boiler and fixed the electricity. Volunteers ripped up the floors, took out the walls and tried to clean the mold.

Nazario said she registered for the city's Build it Back program but hasn't heard back.
She's afraid she won't qualify because her sisters, who have an income, also technically own the house and just want it sold.

"I'm four houses away from the water," she said. "There's nobody coming to look at the house, especially with it looking like this."

She said that what's left of her savings now goes to feed her family, so she can't really afford to fix anything or move anywhere else.

"Please help the people that can't help themselves," she said. "It's not fair."

If you want to help, email the nonprofit We Care New York at or visit

NY1 reached out to the city Tuesday to see what could be done to help this family, giving officials Nazario's information to look into it. NY1 will follow up with the de Blasio administration. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP