A group of Rockaway Beach condo owners say they are tired of waiting on federal money that would help them get back into their homes, which could be further delayed because of the government shutdown. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.
Kostantinos Mackrides has a baby on the way but he and his wife aren't sure where to put a crib. The Sandy victim is still waiting to get back into his condominium on Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Beach nearly a year after the storm.
"All my appliances didn't survive. This is the only one that survived. We don't even know if it works because there is no power here. If you go over here there is no power," Mackrides said.
Residents who live at the Belle Shore development say rebuilding efforts are tangled in federal, red tape. Management for the property, who want to remain anonymous, say it took about six months for the Small Business Administration to approve a $2 million loan. But not a penny has been distributed. Residents can't get their homes repaired.
"If SBA is released they can continue to finish my apartment and the others who have not been completed at all," said Nancy Calvin, a displaced homeowner.
Management says getting permits to fix plumbing and electrical work is stalling the process. Calvin recently let NY1's cameras inside what she calls her dream home -- practically gutted by sandy -- to where she's been living since the storm: A basement studio in Sheepshead Bay that she shares with her husband and two dogs.
"We were told we were going to move in September, then it became October and then it became I don't know when," she said.
Calvin is working with the condominiums' board of directors and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office to try and help about 26 other displaced residents.
"I'm paying rent, we're paying maintenance, we're paying mortgages that of money many of us work hard to get and we're not home," Calvin said.
As for when the residents will receive their loan money, it remains to be seen. The SBA is a federal office which is closed due to the government shutdown.
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