New York City fights to end hotel program for Superstorm Sandy evacuees

NEW YORK - About 350 homeless Superstorm Sandy evacuees who have been sleeping in New York City-funded hotel rooms for nearly a year may be forced to check out for good.

Lawyers for the city argued in Manhattan's state Supreme Court this week that the program must end Monday. That's when the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will stop reimbursing the city for the program.

City officials say it has cost $70 million to house the refugees. More than 3,000 people have been sheltered as part of the program. Only about 350 of them are left.

Housing advocates say some evacuees would have no place else to go. The city says those who don't have other housing arrangements can apply to stay in one of the city's homeless shelters.

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