$350 Million Small Homes Rebuilding Program Funded by City’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking to identify qualified developers to participate in the rebuilding 1-4 unit homes in New York City that were destroyed or substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy, as part of a program using federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding. The City’s immediate response to Hurricane Sandy was one of the largest mobilizations of services in the City’s history. Rebuilding the homes that were severely impacted by the hurricane, and returning stability to those households is an essential next step in the ongoing recovery process.
The $350 million reconstruction program is part of New York City’s initial Federal Hurricane Sandy aid allocation, known as the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan A, through which the city will receive a total of $1.77 billion in federal funding. The City’s CDBG-DR program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs; the programs outlined in the Action Plan describe how New York City will use its first allocation to support recovery from Hurricane Sandy and to build resilience to the challenges of climate change. Visit www.nyc.gov to learn more about the City’s CDBG-DR program.
“Post-Sandy, HPD has been working endless hours to restore services, keep people in their homes and rehouse the displaced. Throughout it all, New Yorkers have proved themselves again and again to be remarkably strong and resilient,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “We know that recovery takes time and patience and we want to do everything possible to make this process of rebuilding as straight forward and uncomplicated as possible for the folks in these communities. That’s why we have an ambitious timeframe in place and a strong desire to select qualified developers quickly and put them to work with homeowners as soon as possible.”
“We want the developers to work with the individuals and the communities who were most impacted by Hurricane Sandy, to come up with innovative ideas that utilize the most reliable flood-resistant building methods and meet their specific housing needs,” said Brad Gair, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations.
The ultimate goal of the program is to replace homes for homeowners on eligible properties that have been destroyed or substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The RFQ is being issued to identify development teams who have the expertise and capacity to rebuild these homes in a cost-effective, timely, and contextually-sensitive manner. Many city, state, and federal programs have already partially funded some of the need for homeowners and landlords to undertake the rebuilding and rehabilitation of their properties. The City will use CDBG-DR funding to complement and build upon these sources, such as insurance proceeds and FEMA funds. With the initial CDBG-DR funding allocation of $350 million for 1-to-4 family homes, assistance will be prioritized for those with the most severe damage and the highest level of financial need.
Homes that may need to be rebuilt have been identified in six development clusters in the RFQ. The development clusters are located primarily in coastal areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, and vary in total units and types of housing to be rebuilt. Since the recovery is an ongoing process, the exact number of homes in each development cluster may fluctuate as new information is received.
Brooklyn South Cluster
- The development clusters in Brooklyn South include properties in Sea Gate, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
- The Rockaways and Broad Channel cluster includes properties in the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway, Arverne, Belle Harbor, and Broad Channel.
- The Breezy Point cluster is part of the Breezy Point Cooperative, which includes the Roxbury neighborhood. The land underlying these homes is owned by the Co-op, and there may be unique design considerations and regulatory controls that apply to this cluster.
Staten Island Cluster
- The cluster includes properties in the neighborhoods of South Beach, Ocean Breeze, Dongan Hills, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, Tottenville, Eltingville, Prince’s Bay and Annadale.
The RFQ also seeks developers for other sites located in Pelham Bay, Soundview and City Island in the Bronx, Canarsie and Red Hook in Brooklyn, Tribeca in Manhattan, and Hamilton Beach in Queens.
Interested development teams will submit applications that will identify the clusters that they are applying to, along with their qualifications as outlined in the RFQ. Applicants may be individuals and organizations, both not-for-profit and for-profit, who have the experience, financial resources, and capacity required to rebuild homes that were severely damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
The deadline to apply to the RFQ is June 5, 2013. Qualified Development teams will be chosen and notified by HPD by July 8, 2013. For more information and to apply for to the NYC Houses Reconstruction RFQ, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/rfp.shtml.
Upon selection, qualified development teams will be expected to immediately begin coordinating with The Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) to engage the homeowners in order to gather information to determine program eligibility, complete the project financing process, and develop a design appropriate to the homeowners’ need and community context. Development teams will work with HPD to obtain approval for design plans and financing.
Homes which are still standing which suffered substantial damage as a result of the storm may be deemed eligible to be demolished and reconstructed under this program. An eligibility determination will be made once homeowners register for CDBG-DR assistance and will be based on inspections and other related criteria. Homeowners will be able to apply for CDBG-DR funding under this program beginning early June. The owner application process will be overseen by HRO.
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About the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through education, outreach, loan and development programs and enforcement of housing quality standards. It is responsible for implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to finance the construction or preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by the close of the 2014 fiscal year. Since the plan’s inception, more than 144,781 affordable homes have been financed. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hpd.
About the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO)
The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) is to ensure that residents owning or renting homes before Sandy are returned to homes that are permanent, safe and sustainable. HRO is committed to planning and implementing innovative and effective housing solutions, working closely with City agencies including the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Housing Development Corporation, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), as well as State and Federal agencies including FEMA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).