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Temporary houses arrive in New Milford for Staten Island Sandy victims


Some people from Staten Island, who lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy, came to New Milford Thursday morning to get their first look at their new, temporary homes.

"What's being done is amazing," said Deborah Rassi of Staten Island. "So many people working so hard, we wanna say thank you."

At least 30 families will have a new place to call home, due to efforts of one foundation and a New Milford church.

A New York-based foundation, known as Tunnel to Towers, is running this project and has chosen to bring victims from Staten Island to Litchfield County.

Church officials are letting victims from Superstorm Sandy use the housing for as long as they need it.

"We really want to help these people comprehensively," said pastor Frank Sanatoria. "We're not just giving them homes, but we're giving them fully furnished homes, right down to the forks and the knives."

Thousands of people in the Tri-State area lost everything when Sandy came through at the end of October.

Now, they are getting a second chance thanks to the Stephen Siller and his foundation Tunnel to Towers, which honors the memory of a Staten Island firefighter killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Tunnel to Towers is footing the bill for the homes.

"Essentially what we're doing is putting in a 20 house subdivision," said New Fairfield Selectman John Hodge. "With all the services, sewer, water, electric, and having the houses built. And the first three houses have arrived now."

And during their time here, Sanatoria said all necessities will be met. Every week, the Faith Church will provide each home with a box of food and residents can register their children at the on-site school.

"When we arrived, we went inside one of the modular homes. I was just so impressed," Rassi said. "They're beautiful, and it's going to make a perfect home for us."

The new temporary housing will not make up for what was lost when the storm rolled through. But, those people who lost their homes in October are very happy to receive the help now.

"I just wanna say that the Stephen Siller Foundation, Faith Church, and New Milford CT are just so awesome, what they are doing for us," Rassi said.

Tunnel to Towers will accept applications starting Monday. If you'd like to help, the organization is looking for furniture donations. Anyone interested in helping can click on the following link.

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