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In Staten Island, Sandy Victims Struggle With Housing Options : Slideshow

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Staten Island resident Nicole Chati stands inside one of the tents set up by volunteers on Cedar Grove Avenue on Staten Island. Storm victims are able to pick up cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products. There's also a large dining tent and plenty of clothing with everything from bras to heavy jackets.

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Many of the houses along the small strip of Staten Island shifted off of their foundations. Random personal belongings from inside these homes pop up on sidewalks and streets.

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Many of the homes in the neighborhood will need to be demolished. Several residents are still waiting to see what their insurance companies will cover.

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These red tags are being put up by the Buildings Department when the city deems the home unlivable and likely to be demolished. According to the city Buildings Department, hundreds of homes across the city have been red-tagged.

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After the storm, Eddie Saman slept in his badly damaged home and used this old wood burning stove to stay warm. But sparks from the stove set the house on fire. He then went to sleep with his neighbor across the street. But that house also caught on fire, after the two men used the fireplace.

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Saman's neighbor, Anthony Marotto, shows where the water rose to on the night of the storm. A water line still marks the window. 

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Saman has decorated the outside of his home with American flags. He says a team from the city's Rapid Repairs program deemed the house unlivable. The motorcycle was also ruined by flood waters.

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Marotto and Saman say one of their neighbors has pitched a tent inside this blue clapboard house.

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