Was your home damaged or destroyed during Sandy in 2012? Did you try to get rebuilding assistance from the City? If you started the application process for Build-It-Back but were never able to receive assistance, the City is asking you to come back NOW.

Thanks to the infusion of funding from a federal Community Development Block Grant, Build-it-Back has the financial capacity to assist every eligible applicant, says the City.

Amy Peterson, the director of Build-It-Back, was on hand at a community meeting in Red Hook, Brooklyn last week to urge homeowners to give the program a second chance. “Tell your neighbors,” Peterson said.

Last September, the New York Times reported that, “while hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money sat waiting to be used, devastated homeowners were stuck in an application process that was overdesigned and undermanaged to such a degree that, until a few months ago, not a single one of the 20,000 homeowners who applied for help rebuilding their homes in the city had seen work begin.”

A Second Attempt

“I encourage all former applicants to reach out again to Build-it-Back and other related organizations to take full advantage of the help that is readily available,” Council Member Donovan Richards, who represents the Rockaways, stated last month.

If you re-start the application process and are encountering difficulties, consider contacting your local member of the New York City Council.

Other organizations working with Sandy-impacted homeowners include Met Council and Catholic Charities.

Read more about the City’s recovery efforts.

Do you want to know how the City has been spending federal recovery dollars? Take a look at the City’s Sandy Funding Tracker.