The New York City Build It Back program, administered by the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), was created to assist homeowners, landlords, renters, and tenants affected by Hurricane Sandy within the five boroughs. The program offers multiple pathways of assistance, including: property rehabilitation or reconstruction, reimbursement for repair work already carried out, and acquisition of homes. The primary goal of the program is to make Sandy-affected New Yorkers and communities safer and more resilient.
Build It Back is funded by $2.2 billion in federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars and overseen by HRO in coordination with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The program assists homeowners, renters and landlords through property rehabilitation or reconstruction, home elevation, reimbursement for permanent repairs already completed, or acquisition of homes.