Prayer rally urges Elizabeth mayor to further aid displaced Ida victims
A prayer rally in front of Oakwood Plaza Apartments in Elizabeth to continue to show support for those still affected by Ida on Saturday.
It's been five months since the storm and many displaced residents are still feeling its effects and activists are calling on the mayor to find permanent solutions.
Some 400 residents were displaced from their homes at Oakwood Plaza Apartments due to flooding and at least four people from the complex died. Five months later, many of the residents are still in hotels, unable to find affordable housing.
Former residents and community activists want to see more affordable housing options. They gathered in front of the complex for a prayer rally and to demand more action from Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.
"The immediate concern is these hundreds of residents that are still displaced still don't have nowhere to go and the mayor is not being creative," says Salaam Ismial of the National Untied Youth Council, Inc.
On Monday, community activists and former residents are planning a march that will start at City Hall.