It's been more than two months since fire devastated a large apartment building in Queens, leaving more than 200 families without homes. Now, those residents say they have been left in limbo and on the verge of being displaced again; CBS2's Nick Caloway reports.
- It has been more than two months since fire devastated a large apartment building in Queens leaving more than 200 families without homes.
- That they say they've been left in limbo on the verge of being displaced again. CBS 2's Nick Caloway has a story from Jackson Heights.
- They chanted neighbors united will never be divided in the shadows of the place they used to call home. They were divided and displaced on April 6th when this large apartment building on 34th Avenue and 9th Street went up in flames.
- It was terrifying.
- There was a lot of people crying, running, screaming.
- The fire left more than 200 families homeless and scattered all over New York City missing Jackson Heights and missing home. David Rodriguez is crashing with family in New Jersey.
- Has been tough with a pandemic and now we got hit with this.
- Many of the families have been living in hotels funded by the city, but they've been told by HPD that they have to leave by June 20th, Father's Day.
- Because to displace us a week before school officially ends and the graduations come on Father's Day is just cruel. And it's clearly not what we deserve.
- The former residence are asking City Hall to step in and extend their hotel stay, so they can find adequate housing. 18-year-old Ingrid Perez is eight months pregnant. She's living in a hotel near LaGuardia Airport for now.
Where will you go?
- Right now, I'm not really sure where we're going to go.
- Tonight marks 10 days until these residents will be forced from their hotel rooms. They are asking for that deadline to be extended to September. In Jackson Heights, Queens, Nick Caloway CBS 2 News.