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New York City shuns FEMA trailers

JACKSON, N.J. — New Jersey officials and displaced residents have been clamoring for FEMA housing units for weeks, as the state faces a severe housing shortage after Sandy. But New York City officials, who are also wrestling with a housing problem, haven’t requested trailers and don’t intend to, reports the Wall Street Journal.

“We don’t need FEMA trailers,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “We’re focusing on getting people back into their homes. That’s what we want to do.”

The trailers represent an example of the divergent paths New York City and New Jersey are taking to house tens of thousands of people displaced by the storm, writes the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Bloomberg said potential toxicity was one concern of his. But most importantly, the city doesn’t have room for trailers to be staged all together and hooked to utilities, according to FEMA.

For the complete story from the Wall Street Journal, click here.

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