Sandy victims pay a visit to Faith Church

Several victims of Hurricane Sandy were to be in New Milford this week to get acquainted with the area.

Residents of Staten Island in New York scheduled a Thursday visit to Faith Church, at the south end of town, where they might soon receive temporary housing.

"We're bringing some of the potential occupants up and have them see things, get a feel for the area," said John Hodge, New Fairfield first selectman and director of operations for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The foundation is raising more than $1 million for temporary housing for Staten Island families who lost their homes during the Oct. 29 storm.

Zoning in Staten Island has prohibited placing the mobile homes there, Mr. Hodge said.

Faith Church has leased four acres for $1 to the Siller Foundation for the mobile homes to be placed on the the property along Danbury Road.

The 14- by 48-feet mobile homes are being constructed by Factory Expo Homes of Virginia.

The first mobile home was scheduled to ship Tuesday from the manufacturer's facility to the Faith Church property.

"Everybody is doing what they can to make this happen," said Michael Feinman, a Rocky Mount, Va., salesman for Factory Expo Homes.

After the first mobile home is shipped, Mr. Feinman said, he expects three more homes will be ready later in the week.

The Siller Foundation placed an initial order for 15 homes, with the expectation to order 10 more, Mr. Feinman said.

Power and water site work is being done pro bono by Connecticut Light & Power and Aquarian Water. Sisca Northeast Inc. construction company is charging only for workers' salaries.

Some 25 families could stay on the site for up to one year, if needed. They would receive weekly food boxes and children would have access to the church's campus school.

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