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Year Later: Homes Destroyed, Crisfield Family Displaced

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CRISFIELD, Md. - More than fifty years ago, Richard Davis and his family built three houses on Calvary Road.

Since then, they've been "home."

But once Superstorm Sandy ripped through the area, Davis and his family were forced to leave. The houses have since been vacant, says Davis.

The 86-year-old says he currently lives across the street in a one-story home with his two sisters-in-law and his brother-in-law. All in their 80s and they even had to convert an old storage area into a bedroom.
"I was sick," said Davis after seeing his home after the storm. "Something you work for all your life and it's destroyed, it's horrible."

Last November, volunteers cleaned out the damaged houses, removing moldy floorboards and throwing out damp sheets and beds. On Monday, a similar scene unfolded, as family helped move furniture across the street.

Charles Greenhalgh, Davis' grandson says he's trying to do whatever he can to help out.

"It's just really been tough on them, just not sure, not really having a solid plan. They weren't sure what to do," said Greenhalgh.

Davis says they're hoping to move back across the street. But it may not be an option. Richard says they may need to demolish the homes and start over and are waiting to hear back to see if there's any county money left for them.

Money allocation may take some time as well, as workers from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development tell WMDT Superstorm Sandy recovery funds may not be available until July 1st at the earliest.

The Maryland Department of Housing met on Monday to discuss the next steps of how to distribute the $20 million allocated to the state for disaster relief. Carol Gilbert, the division director for Maryland Neighborhood Revitalization, says 80 percent is intended for Somerset County, but the county needs to apply by the end of January in order to receive the money.

"This is a HUD required process that the state submit what's called an action plan to amend our consolidated plan within 120 days and we're trying to give Somerset County as much time as possible to develop their own action plan for the $16 million," said Gilbert.

Gilbert says she anticipates more than $16 million in requests from Somerset County. The application workshop is this Thursday, December 19th.

In the meantime, Davis says his family is living off of social security.

"Even though it's crowded, one bathroom, we're making it," said Davis.

WMDT reached out to the Somerset County Long-Term Recovery team aboutDavis' story to see if he was one of their more than 235 cases. We were told they would look into it and send a case manager to speak with them.

John Phoebus of the SCLTR says members of the group went to Crownsville on Monday to speak with DHCD about the funding. So far, the long term recovery effort has recently built two homes and presently working on six more.

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