Welcome to the Sandy Funding Tracker
This site tracks New York City’s response to Hurricane Sandy. The disaster caused more than $19 billion in damage and lost economic activity, disrupted critical infrastructure systems, and destroyed or seriously impacted thousands of homes and businesses.
To accelerate recovery, the de Blasio Administration has overhauled key programs to streamline relief for homeowners and small businesses. On this site you will find performance metrics, information on New York City’s use of federal recovery funds, and maps showing recovery activities in your neighborhood.
>> Read Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the Build it Back Program will be complete by the end of 2016.
>> Read the progress update on One City, Rebuilding Together and Mayor de Blasio's overhaul of Build it Back.
>> Read the progress report on Sandy Recovery and Resiliency and New York's comprehensive $20 billion resiliency plan.
>> Read OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.
Click on the images below to find out more about recovery progress.
|Help for Impacted Businesses|
|Time Frame||Number of Businesses||Value of Approved Loans and Grants|
|As of 12/31/14||155||$30.6 million|
|As of 03/31/15||211||$34.8 million|
|As of 06/30/15||268||$44.4 million|
|As of 09/30/15||334||$53.7 million|
|Current Workforce with Build it Back (City and Vendors)|
|Role||Current Jobs, Total||NYC Jobs||Percentage||Sandy Local Jobs||Percentage||Minority Jobs||Percentage|
|Managed by HPD||131||89||68%||11||8%||97||74%|
|Pre-Apprenticeship Voucher Program: Outcomes|
|Program||Started Training||Completed Training||Placed in Job|
|NYC District Council of Carpenters BuildingWorks||8||3||3|
|The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills||27||27||27|
|Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)||5||3|
|Helmets to Hardhats||TBD||TBD|
|Top 10 Sandy-Impacted ZIP Codes for Hires|
|ZIP||Number of Hires||Location|
Build it Back is committed to providing high-quality employment for New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In October 2014, SBS and Build it back hosted the Sandy Recovery Opportunity and Resource Fair in Far Rockaway to connect local residents with jobs and skills training. It marked the start of ongoing inter-agency collaboration through the Sandy Recovery Workforce1 Program, which matches qualified Sandy-impacted residents to jobs with City agencies and vendors working on recovery efforts, in addition to jobs in the Workforce1 portfolio. We have a dedicated Sandy Recovery Workforce1 Center in Coney Island with additional staff at Workforce1 Centers in the Rockaways and Staten Island. To this point, we have served 2,200 New Yorkers and made 1,500 job referrals.
To further incentivize employers to hire local residents, Sandy Recovery Workforce1 offers employment skills training vouchers to Sandy-affected individuals, including an initial 100 vouchers for pre-apprenticeship programs to prepare low and moderate income residents for careers in the unionized construction industry and provide direct entry to construction union apprenticeships. In partnership with the building and construction trades unions, contractors and subcontractors work with community groups to link community residents to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. So far, 32 vouchers have been distributed and 27 people have graduated from the programs using our vouchers, preparing them for union work as Roofers, Metal Lathers, Painters, Laborers, and Carpenters. Contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to hire 20 percent local residents on the recovery projects.
Program Progress on Housing Recovery
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in October 2015 that the Build it Back single-family home program will be complete by the end of 2016 and that 100 percent of reimbursement checks have now been sent out to homeowners.
The program’s significant momentum over the past two years stems from the Mayor’s overhaul of Build it Back in 2014. Details of the overhaul and the areas of progress can be found in the October 2015 update to the “One City Rebuilding Together” report (the initial report from April 2014 can be found here).
Click Here for more information about Housing Recovery Progress.
Congress allocated over $50 billion to fund recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest storm in U.S. history. More than $15 billion of this funding is anticipated to benefit recovery in New York City.
Some funding is provided to and administered by the New York City government, while other funding is directly administered by federal agencies. Click here for a full overview of funding sources.
|Federal Funding for Sandy Recovery in NYC|
|Administered by The New York City||$13.0 billion|
|Administered by Federal Agencies||$2.4 billion|
As the City advances its more than $20 billion recovery and resiliency capital investment program, residents impacted by Sandy will have opportunities to access employment and the training needed to be eligible for the jobs these investments will create.
To realize this opportunity, the City will build on the model designed for the Build it Back program that established the Sandy Recovery Workforce1 program, which encourages the hiring of Sandy-impacted residents and provides training vouchers for residents to access pre-apprenticeship programs.
Additionally, community outreach and workforce development services will be further integrated with recovery and resiliency projects in partnership with industry and labor organizations to ensure all investments that strengthen the City's resiliency will create job opportunities for residents and low-income applicants. Data collected indicates that we are well on our way to realizing these goals: Recovery and resiliency projects have created 1,982 jobs since 2012.*
The FEMA Public Assistance program funds storm recovery work by the City, including emergency response, repairs to damaged infrastructure, and resiliency upgrades to protect against future storms. FEMA and the City are working to execute grant agreements that cover all eligible costs of Sandy recovery.
Overview and Key Recent Accomplishments
|Public Assistance Grants by Project Type|
|Project Type||Approved Grants||In Development Grants||Total1|
|Rapid Repairs (Emergency Repairs for Private Residences)||$597,711,508||$815,342||$598,526,850|
|Beach Reopening and Renovation||$490,503,856||$129,116,269||$619,620,125|
|All Other Types||$4,801,086,967||$266,133,298||$5,067,220,265|
Accomplishments in Q3 2015
In the third quarter of 2015, the City was awarded nearly five billion dollars for repairs and resiliency upgrades for damaged infrastructure.
Grant awards for recovery work. 125 separate agreements totaling $4.8 billion were made in the third quarter of 2015, including 89 agreements representing over $1 million each.
Other agencies with some of the most new funding were:
- Health and Hospitals Corporation: $180 million in new funding dedicated for hospital reconstruction in Manhattan. Coler Goldwater Hospital located on Roosevelt Island experienced significant flood damage: 182,000 square feet of basement and crawl space was completely flooded with sea water and contaminated debris and sewage, damaging architectural, mechanical, HVAC, and Electrical components. Additionally, all utility boxes located in this area were flooded and resulted in total loss of power and communication capabilities for the hospital.
- New York Housing Authority: $113 million in new funding for Coney Island Houses which has five, 14-story buildings with 534 apartments. The 6.86-acre Brooklyn development is bordered by West 29th and West 32nd Streets, Surf Avenue and Riegelmann Boardwalk. All boilers, electrical and mechanical equipment in the five buildings were damaged beyond repair due to the storm surge and subsequent flooding.
- School Construction Authority: $27 million in new funding for Q105--The Bay School. The basement flooded with 8.5 inches of water and standing water remained for seven day. Two boilers were destroyed and will be replaced. Mitigation like dry flood-proofing and elevation measures will be completed.
State Prevailing Wage
Building Services & Other Occupations
Monitoring & Enforcement
Due Diligence by City Agencies
Oversight by the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
In addition to the summary provided here, more information is available at the MOCS website.
Enforcement by the New York City Comptroller