New Yorkers living and working in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy face many challenges as they rebuild their homes, restore their businesses and get their lives back to normal. This site provides access to information on the City's efforts to help New Yorkers recover from the devastating effects of the storm.
Click here to view a presentation on program updates for NYC Build it Back. The presentation includes information on the program schedule, applicant prioritization, damage assessments, constructions options, and more. Program Director Kathryn Mallon and senior staff from Build it Back will continue to present this information to affected communities throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as to community partners in the recovery process.
Priorities at NYC Build it Back
NYC Build it Back priorities help us meet the National Objectives determined by the rules of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). Applicant prioritization ensures that Build it Back meets the National Objectives to benefit low and moderate income persons, meet urgent needs, and prevent or eliminate slums or blight.
Click here to read more about priorities and to learn how to estimate your own NYC Build it Back priority. Here are a few helpful examples on determining priority:
The Pattons have three children and together earn a household income of $95,000. The damage assessor confirmed that their home was demolished by the City following the storm. The family is now living in a rented apartment.
The Patton household income and family size puts them in the 80-165% AMI range. Combined with the need to rebuild their home, the Patton family is Priority 1 for NYC Build it Back.
The Garcias have no children and together earn a household income of $43,000. The damage assessor confirmed that the kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor of their home were severely damaged during the storm.
The Garcia household income and family size puts them in the 0-80% AMI range. Combined with the need to repair their home, the Garcia family is Priority 1 for NYC Build it Back.
The Nortons have one child and together earn a household income of $83,000. The damage assessor confirmed that the boiler was damaged and replaced and that the basement drywall has been removed.
The Norton household income and family size puts them in the 80-165% AMI range. Combined with the need to repair home, the Norton family is Priority 2 for NYC Build it Back.
Locations of the Build it Back Centers
68-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Note: The Center is located in a storefront.
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.
1097 Bergen Ave
Note: The Center's entrance is at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Paedergat Facility at Bergen and Avenue K.
Staten Island East Shore
1976 Hylan Blvd
Note: The Center is located at the Kia Dealership between Jefferson and Stobe Avenues.
Staten Island South Shore
Mt. Loreto CYO Center, 6451 Hylan Blvd
Note: The Center's entrance is on Kenney Road and is part of the large complex.
Community Board 10, 3165 East Tremont Ave
New Program to Assist Single-Family Homeowners Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced the new NRNYC Home Repair Program to assist single-family homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The program will be managed by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC (NRNYC), an affiliate of LISC, and will assist lower-income New Yorkers who may not be eligible for the City's Build it Back program. The program will provide homeowners with a range of structural and non-structural repairs for homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy through $15 million in privately raised funds from the Mayor's Fund and additional support from the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Red Cross and JPMorgan Chase. Work in this new program will begin immediately, with about a dozen homes currently being assessed for repairs.
Read the press release
NYC Build it Back
On Monday, June 3rd, Mayor Bloomberg announced the opening of registration for the NYC Build it Back program, New York City’s program to assist homeowners, landlords, and tenants in the five boroughs whose homes and properties were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. NYC Build It Back provides several pathways to help affected residents return to permanent, sustainable housing by addressing unmet housing recovery needs in several categories. Build it Back Registration closed on October 31, 2013.
Read the press release
Does your business need help recovering from Hurricane Sandy damage?
For more information and to find out what you need to apply to the Business Loan and Grant Program, visit NYC Business Solutions. NYC Business Solutions Account Managers are on hand to answer any questions. You can contact an account manager online, or by visiting your local NYC Business Solutions Center.
Beware of Contractor and Mortgage Modification Scams
Consumers need to be careful of scam artists who may pose as contractors or foreclosure "rescue" specialists to cheat unsuspecting homeowners out of money or even their homes. View the Public Service Announcements created by the Center for New York City Neighborhoods at the following links and share widely with your friends, colleagues, and neighbors!
Contractor Fraud PSA
Mortgage Fraud PSA