Recovery & Progress
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Sandy Recovery & Progress

New York City Housing Authority is building back safer, stronger and smarter by improving structural resiliency and infrastructure protection. NYCHA's Recovery and Resilience Department is pushing design boundaries in building reinforcements, storm surge protection, and infrastructure upgrades. By leveraging every dollar, NYCHA aims to make these costal developments a national model and a safer home for residents for generations to come.

35 NYCHA Developments damaged by Hurricane Sandy now receiving resiliency funding through FEMA

20 NYCHA Developments receiving new heating and hot water systems housed in elevated and flood proofed structures

210 Buildings to be powered by permanent, full-load generators in case of power outages

Developments

Use the drop down menu below to select a development and view renderings, estimated funding, projected schedules, and more. PDF documents may require Adobe Reader to view.


Data and estimates are updated monthly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can we contact if we have questions or concerns about the Recovery and Resilience work?

You can contact our outreach team via email at disasterrecovery@nycha.nyc.gov or call 212.306.8532.

Are career opportunities available?

Yes! NYCHA is working to strengthen pathways to careers in construction and economic opportunities for residents. Over 750 low-income New Yorkers (meeting Section 3 criteria) have been employed on Sandy-related contracts at NYCHA sites to date and more than half are NYCHA residents. You can learn more by clicking here.

How will Sandy construction impact my site?

Some Sandy sites will be disturbed more than others as we perform this critical work. Impacts to your site may include but may not be limited to: tree removal, parking area and walkway closures, and service disruptions. For more information on how your site will be affected please contact us at disasterrecovery@nycha.nyc.gov or 212.306.8532.

Why is NYCHA cutting down trees and will they be replaced?

Depending on the work funded at each development, the scope may include construction of new annexes to elevate critical equipment above future flood elevations, gas pipe distribution to support the installation of full back up power stand by generators, electrical conduits for new energy efficient LED site lighting, and the construction of buildings for boiler plants or community facilities. This substantial investment, particularly the utility distribution, unfortunately does involve the need to remove trees and the design anticipates site restoration, including tree planting, at the end of each project as space constraints and funding permit.

Why is NYCHA focusing on the buildings’ exteriors when there are so many needs for interior repairs?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided money only for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and for improvements that will make these buildings more resilient against future storms. If FEMA funding is used for other purposes, such as internal repairs unrelated to Hurricane Sandy, NYCHA would have to return the funds to FEMA.

Why are recovery efforts taking so long?

Although Superstorm Sandy happened in 2012, NYCHA only gained access to FEMA funds in December 2015. Additionally, because the resiliency work involves working in and around occupied buildings, the design process was long and complex. However, since 2015, NYCHA has kicked off construction at nearly all 35 sites, awarded over $2.5 billion and spent over $1.4 billion on this historic program.

How does NYCHA plan to control pest issues at Sandy construction sites?

Pest control measures are included in the plans for all Recovery and Resilience construction projects. Measures include: bait traps, EPA-approved pesticides (if pests are identified in the construction area), garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to keep rodents out, and designated lunch and coffee break areas for contractors.

How will NYCHA monitor the quality of the construction work?

Regular construction site visits and meetings will enable the NYCHA oversight team to monitor construction quality throughout the duration of each project. There are regular unannounced visits by NYCHA’s Construction Safety and Quality Department. In addition, NYCHA has funded independent auditors to monitor contracts through the NYC Department of Investigation. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will also conduct site visits to ensure quality control

How will we be kept informed of the work happening at our site?

All Sandy sites are assigned an outreach liaison who is responsible for maintaining effective and productive channels of communication with residents and other stakeholders. You can learn more about our engagement efforts by clicking here or by attending your site’s next resident association meeting!

Where can I get more information on the type of working happening at my site?

You can click on the interactive map here or use the drop down above and find your site name.

When will this work be over?

Our interactive map provides the anticipated completion date and construction status for all developments in the program.


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Contact Us

NYCHA Disaster Recovery Team
disaster.recovery@nycha.nyc.gov
212-306-8532

English:
For more information regarding our program, call us at 212-306-8532.
 
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