'Kept in the dark:' Elizabeth residents displaced by Ida uncertain where to stay

Displaced residents of a Union County apartment complex say they're up against a looming deadline to find someplace else to live.

News 12 Staff

Sep 12, 2021, 9:23 PM

Updated 954 days ago

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Displaced residents of a Union County apartment complex say they're up against a looming deadline to find someplace else to live.
Former residents of the Oakwood Plaza Apartments have been out of their homes for at least 10 days after Ida caused massive damage. They say they are concerned about a lack of communication with FEMA and the city of Elizabeth about what to do next.
They’ve been placed in different hotels from Newark to Rahway. However, they are facing a Sept. 16 deadline to leave their hotels.
After that deadline, residents say they're unsure what will happen to them since they can't return home.
“They didn't give us an actual timeframe. Some people are saying seven days. As of right now, I'm still in the hotel so I don't know about that either…we're kind of kept in the dark,” says Carole Hunter, a former resident of Oakwood Plaza. “We don't know who to call or who to ask, we're just getting information in pieces. I'm staying in contact with a friend of mine that was living in the complex, so we're exchanging information. She never got the email, but I did, so it's really weird that some people are getting some things and some people aren't.”
Union County, along with three other New Jersey counties, were recently offered federal disaster aid.
The Union County Board of County Commissioners posted to their cocounty recovery resource web page that case workers would be available to residents in the coming weeks.


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