New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "We don't have a lot of empty housing in this city. It's a problem to find housing."
A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of superstorm Sandy struggled without heat in near-freezing temperatures.
Victims of superstorm Sandy on the East Coast of America are struggling against the cold among fuel shortages and power outages.
The New York marathon has been cancelled in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced.