A Connecticut foundation with roots in Staten Island (SI) is offering 20-30 fully furnished modular homes to SI residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy sited on four acres of land the Faith Church owns in New Milford, Conn. Frank Siller, of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation, John Hodge, director of operations for the foundation, and Pastor Frank Santora of Faith Church laid out the offer at a news conference, as StatenIslandLive tells MHProNews. The foundation will pay about $1 million for the homes from the Sandy relief fund, and the church will charge one dollar a year for the land. Local utility companies have offered hook-ups on a pro bono basis, and the church will provide food to the families as well as schooling for the children, and a gymnasium to play in. Siller will site the homes on Staten Island if a free space if offered there. Santora and Hodge are both original Islanders and have family affected by the storm. Each 14′ by 48′ modular home, built by Factory Expo Homes of Virginia, has two bedrooms. If there are more applicants than homes, a lottery system will determine who gets them. If Islanders do not take the offer, the homes will be used elsewhere for Victims of Sandy. Once they are no longer being used, the homes will be sold and the funds will return to the relief fund.
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