Residents still displaced from Hurricane Sandy and staying in hotels throughout the state will be able to stay for several more weeks.

Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday that the transitional sheltering assistance program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been extended yet again, with a check-out date of May 1.

Christie said in a statement that this will be the last extension of the program because FEMA has determined that nearly everyone in the program will have long-term housing plans by April 30.

As of Thursday, 219 residents are being housed through the program in New Jersey. Sixty people are still living in hotels in Atlantic County, 11 people in Cape May County and 144 people in Ocean County, FEMA statistics show. More than 5,500 families were provided transitional housing after the storm struck Oct. 29. About 435 hotels statewide have participated in the program, with residents staying an average of 31 days. As of March 31, the cost of the transitional program was $33.9 million.

“FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program has been invaluable in giving Sandy-displaced families the time they need to find a safe, suitable housing solution that works for them,” Christie said. “Now, six months after Sandy’s landfall, we are able to conclude the program with an effort to help the last remaining families solidify a long-term housing solution.”

The state Department of Community Affairs has partnered with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, along with and the New Jersey Housing Resource Center, to help people find affordable housing and connect with landlords who want to provide housing.

Additionally, the Christie administration has added 1,000 special admissions vouchers through the Section 8 housing program, which will help low-income displaced residents find housing in the private rental market.

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