New Yorkers who were left stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the boroughs Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn have been offered more than $100,000 in laundromats by the Brooklyn-based company zep, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.
In the documents obtained from a federal bankruptcy court in Brooklyn, which the company obtained through an open records request, zep Industrial Bar, which owns Zephyr and Zephyrus laundromat companies, said the money was donated to “the homeless.”
The Brooklyn bankruptcy court has ordered that $100 million be donated to homeless charities in the wake of the storm, which killed more than 200 people and caused the loss of tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
The documents show that zep and the three zephyr businesses, which have been in business since 2006, have been working to get $150,000 worth of donations from the public.
In a statement provided to Business Insider, a spokeswoman for the company said that zephyrs goal is to provide financial support for those who are homeless.
“We are working with the local homeless community to help them receive a loan that will help them rebuild their lives, and we are excited to support those who have fallen victim to the storm,” she said.
“Zephyr has a long-standing and proven track record of supporting local homeless people and has a commitment to supporting the community and its residents, who are among our greatest benefactors.”
In an interview with Business Insider after the release of the documents, a former zephyrus customer told the website that the company was “screwed.”
“The company is a scam,” the customer told Business Insider over the phone.
“They just have a bunch of money.
The only reason they are getting any money is because they are so greedy.
They are not doing anything.
They’re trying to take over the industry.”
The customer also said that the laundromates were closed down because “they had too many problems” and were “not doing anything to help the homeless.”
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn bankruptcy judge, who is also a member of the state’s bankruptcy law commission, declined to comment on the bankruptcy documents.
Zephyrus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In response to a Business Insider request for a comment on zep’s decision to accept the donations, a spokesperson for Zephyrs website did not address the donation requests.
But the documents show a timeline that shows the company began accepting donations in the days after Sandy hit.
Zep said it received “several thousand” donations in September, according with the documents.
The company then sent the donations to a “special homeless outreach organization,” the spokesperson said.
The donations were then transferred to the special homeless outreach group, the spokesperson continued.
Zeps website says the money donated to the organizations would be used to buy “food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities” for homeless people in the affected areas, which are in Brooklyn and Queens.
The website does not specify where the money would be spent.
In an email to Business Insider, a spokesman for the charity the Brooklyn nonprofit the Brooklyn Community Action Agency (BCAA) told Business Insiders that the organization did not receive any donations from zep.”BCAA is a charitable organization,” he wrote.
“BCAA does not receive donations from Zep.”
The spokesperson did not respond to an email from Business Insider about how the donations would be allocated.