Welcome to NYC Housing Recovery
The NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) administers the Build It Back program which has helped 12,500 families recover from Hurricane Sandy by providing resources for impacted New Yorkers to repair, rebuild, and elevate their homes, or relocate. Build It Back efforts have helped communities across Sandy-impacted areas across the five boroughs.
In the hardest hit waterfront communities, Build It Back has rebuilt and elevated over 1,300 homes to today’s stringent regulations for flood compliance to protect against future coastal storms and highly damaging storm surge, often elevating homes 10 to 14 feet. Addressing the complex challenges of building in an urban environment, with hundreds of attached homes, homes with an average age of over 80 years, zoning and fire code constraints, and difficult soil and wetland conditions, the City has innovated with different contractor models, design innovations, the introduction of a modular home program, and community-driven solutions to replace shared infrastructure and utilities.
In communities with the highest level of damage and risk, approximately 800 homes have been purchased through a combination of City- and State- administered buy-out and acquisition programs funded through Federal disaster recovery funds.
Another 6,500 homeowners with moderate Sandy damage have been assisted with repair and reimbursement, helping neighborhoods that were not in FEMA’s 100‐year floodplain when Sandy hit and homeowners who didn’t have flood insurance.
Build It Back’s Multifamily Program has assisted more than 19,600 households in 143 developments through assistance for repairs, resiliency upgrades, and reimbursement services, as well as providing rental assistance for 242 low-income households.