Rebuild Program

If your home was demolished or destroyed as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Build it Back may provide you with the construction funds necessary to help you rebuild what you had before Sandy.  You may choose to rebuild using the City-selected Developer who have pre-approved plans to start rebuilding your home. Or you may choose your own contractor to build one a home for you, following program guidelines and within cost restrictions. In both rebuild options, NYC Build it Back will make payments directly to the contractor.

Eligibility

  1. Rebuild Options
  2. Home Design
  3. Rebuild Deposit Agreement
  4. Grant Agreement
  5. Construction
  6. Final Inspection

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Eligibility

You may be eligible for this option if your home was:

  • Completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

OR

  • Demolished as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

OR

  • Not demolished but after a damage assessment, NYC Build it Back determines that rebuilding a new home is more feasible than repairing your home.

Please review the Homeowners page for detailed information about how benefits you have already received will be managed by NYC Build it Back in the Rebuild Program.

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1. Rebuild Options

Build it Back will provide construction funds necessary to rebuild your home to the pre-storm size and unit count. Your rebuilt home will be above the Base Flood Elevation level and certified by Enterprise Green Communities (in PDF), a guideline for energy efficiency and sustainability. You can rebuild by selecting either of the two options below:

City-Selected Developer Option: The City has selected three Developers to help you rebuild. The Developers have pre-approved designs, architects and contractors to help you design and build your home quickly. All required approvals, legal agreements and payments to contractors will be coordinated through the Developers.

Choose Your Own Contractor Option: If you have rebuild plans developed by an architect, and you have a contractor you wish to use, you may select this option. If you select the Choose Your Own Contractor (CYOC) option, you will have to submit designs, budgets, proposed architect and contractor for review and approval by the City before any funds can be provided to you.


Homeowners who do not already have plans developed by an architect and ready for submission to the NYC Dept. of Buildings at the time of the Option Meeting are strongly encouraged to select the Developer option.

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2. Home Design

Build it Back will provide the construction funds necessary to rebuild your home based on the pre-storm size and unit count.  In the Developer option, you will meet with the Developer to discuss your home design, including interior and exterior finishes, and choose from a set of pre-approved designs and finishes.

If using the CYOC option, you will have to submit designs prepared by your architect for review and approval by the City before being considered for assistance, among other requirements.

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3. Rebuild Deposit Agreement

Once designs are finalized, you will sign a Deposit Agreement with Build it Back. This agreement outlines the scope of work, budget and all financial sources going towards rebuilding your home.  You will be required to provide the transfer amount when you sign the deposit agreement. The transfer amount will be deposited into an escrow account held by the City. :earn about using your transfer amount to pay for temporary housing expenses by clicking here.

If using the City-Selected Developer option, you will select pre-approved designs before entering into a Deposit Agreement. If using the CYOC option, only after the City approves your designs and other requirements will you sign a Deposit Agreement.

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4. Grant Agreement

If using the City-Selected Developer option, the grant agreement is signed after the Developer has conducted the necessary surveys and soil testing required to finalize the designs for your property.  Construction can start after NYC Department of Buildings permits have been approved and the City schedules a closing with the developer.

If using the CYOC option, the grant agreement is signed after you have secured NYC Department of Buildings permits, along with other final requirements, including approval by the City of your proposed contractor.  Construction can start after the signing of the grant agreement and a closing between you and the City.

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5. Construction

All construction funds (your transfer amount and the City's assistance) will be placed with a construction servicer, a bank, assigned by the City to distribute the construction funds based on construction progress.  The construction servicer will conduct regular inspections on your property and make payments to the contractor based on those inspections.

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6. Final Inspection

Build it Back will perform a final inspection and will determine when you can move into your home.

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More Information

Transfer Amounts for Temporary Housing Expenses

Rebuild Options Fact Sheet

Rebuild: Choose Your Own Contractor Fact Sheet

Rebuild: City-Selected Developer Fact Sheet

To learn more about your City Selected Developer, you can contact the Developer for your borough:

 
Borough Developer and
Website
Phone
Number
Email
Staten Island
The Bluestone Organization (718) 264-1420 x243 info@bluestonerrsi.com
Queens Arverne by the Sea LLC (718) 474-3917 x13
abtsrebuild@gmail.com
Brooklyn,
Bronx and
Manhattan
Galaxy General Contracting Corp. (718) 246-8080 x271

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