Updated 12/23/2012 04:42 PM
Housing Authority Denies It Issued Eviction Notices To Sandy Victims
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The New York City Housing Authority is responding to a report that the agency issued eviction notices to Hurricane Sandy evacuees.
According to the New York Daily News, just four days after the hurricane, tenants at the Surfside Gardens Houses in Coney Island were served with the notices for non-payment of rent.
At the time, tenants had been ordered to evacuate the severely flooded building and there was no power, hot water, heat or elevators.
NYCHA officials say those notices were already being processed before the storm.
They also say the notices are covered by its moratorium, which suspended housing court actions until next year for tenants affected by Sandy.
In addition, more than 35,000 families in public housing will start getting rent credits in January for the days they did not have power or other services.
FEMA Helpline On Holiday Schedule Through Tuesday
Meanwhile, the helpline for the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be on a holiday schedule on Monday and Tuesday.
The registration number -- 1-800-621-3362 -- will close at 5 p.m. Monday for Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Tuesday for Christmas Day.
Regular hours will resume starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26.
Those affected by Hurricane Sandy can still check their applications at disasterassistance.gov.