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A satellite infrared image of Hurricane Sandy after it made landfall over Cuba and Jamaica, Oct. 25, 2012. A satellite infrared image of Hurricane Sandy after it made landfall over Cuba and Jamaica, Oct. 25, 2012.

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers who are still homeless a year after Superstorm Sandy say they need more time to find shelter before the city evicts them from hotel rooms.

Federal funding for the program ended this week but about 300 people are still sleeping in city-funded hotel rooms that are paid for through Friday.

Several of them held a press conference Wednesday with elected officials to fight for the program's continuation.

Cherelle Manuel said she found a new place to live but needs more time for paperwork to be processed. Manuel and her four children have been living in hotels since the storm flooded their home in Far Rockaway, Queens.

A judge last week sided with city lawyers and lifted an injunction that had protected the housing program.

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