The NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations and the Build it Back Program are dedicated to helping New Yorkers living in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy rebuild their homes and get their lives back to normal.
On April 17th, 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced the release of the "One City, Rebuilding Together" report that details how the City is overhauling the Sandy recovery programs. On September 2nd, 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced that Build it Back had surpassed the Labor Day goals of 500 homes started in construction and 500 reimbursement checks issued. Now, the Build it Back Program is committed to continuing to speed up recovery so that every homeowner gets the relief they need.
Build it Back Customer Service is available to answer questions Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Please call (212) 615-8329 or email email@example.com.
Check Your Application Status
Applicants can now use Build it Back Online to check the status of their application, upload required documents, and ask questions. Click here for instructions on how to use the website.
Build it Back emailed all applicants with an email on file to announce Build it Back Online and share an invitation code for logging into the website. If you did not receive a code, please contact Customer Service at (212) 615-8329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build it Back Center Locations and Hours
Monday: 2:00PM - 8:00PM
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
10-01 Beach 20th Street
Note: The Center's entrance is next to the Queens Library for Teens on the corner of Beach 20th and Cornaga Avenue.
415 State Rd
Note: The Center's entrance is across the street from Beach 178th St.
NYC Human Resources Administration Center, 3050 West 21st St
Note: The Center is between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk.
1976 Hylan Blvd
Note: The Center is located at the Kia Dealership between Jefferson and Stobe Avenues.
NYC DOB Application and Permit Fees Waived
Application and permit fees are waived for owners whose properties were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and who are rebuilding or repairing their homes through Build it Back. Contractors are no longer required to pay DOB filing fees and submit for reimbursement. Read the full announcement here.
Sandy Recovery Fraud Hotline
Please ask to see official identification for any contractor who says that they are affiliated with NYC Build it Back. You can confirm the identity of a contractor by calling Customer Service at 212-615-8329.
Fraud Hotline - View information on the NYC Department of Investigation's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fraud Hotline (212-825-5959).
Build it Back Applicant Guidebook (Last updated on June 27, 2014)
Translated Guidebooks: Arabic | Chinese | Haitian Creole | Korean | Russian | Spanish
Community Presentation | Monthly Progress Report
Program Notice 1: Rebuild | Notice 2: Reimbursement | Notice 3: TDAP
Multi-Family Program Seeking Qualified General Contractors
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) have released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking General Contractors qualified to do federally funded work on multi-family buildings in New York City. Build it Back's Multi-family Program is establishing a list of qualified contractors, based on qualifications submitted through this RFQ process. The owners of the affected properties generally will be required to use a bidding process to select contractors.
View the RFQ (in PDF)