Thursday, November 15, 2012

Red Cross and FEMA spent $181,000 to put up Sandy relief workers in Manhattan's upscale Soho Grand hotel...

While tens of thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to struggle without power or heat, many of them homeless or living in damaged houses, some fortunate relief workers have been staying at a luxury Manhattan hotel since arriving in town to help with the aftermath of the storm.

Representatives from American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) said that the two agencies booked a total of 48 rooms in the upscale SoHo Grand to house some of the relief workers at a discounted nightly rate of $310 a room.

Red Cross spokeswoman Laura Howe told the Wall Street Journal that by the time the agency's staffers check out of the residence, which is expected to happen on Friday, the agency will have to pay about $181,000.