News & Announcements:
Urban Land Institute Mitigation Report
The Urban Land Institute released a report last week, offering a disaster mitigation blueprint for government agencies, developers, and homeowners. Experts behind the report understand the pending shift in city leadership as a critical opportunity for policy change, and are pushing for the inclusion of environmental mitigation policies in future city planning. Read more on the recommendations here, and the full report here.
Urban Green Council Proposal Tracker
The Urban Green Council developed a tool to track the status of the Building Resiliency Task Force proposals, which outline a variety of options for rebuilding New York in a more resilient way. The proposal tracker allows users to read proposals, view the status of each, and potentially pressure decision-makers to act quickly. Thanks toGood Jobs New York for the update.
NYC Build It Back Program Extension
The New York City Build It Back program, developed to address repair needs for home and building owners caused by Hurricane Sandy, extended its registration deadline to October 31, 2013. Click here to register online today.
NYS Housing Recovery Program
Governor Cuomo announced that New York State’s Housing Recovery Program will fully compensate homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy (as well as Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee) for home repair costs caused by “earth movement.” For more information, contact the Office of Storm Recovery by calling 855-697-7263 or visiting the site.
FEMA Proof of Loss Filing Extension
A six month extension has been granted to Sandy survivors still in need of filing a critical legal document that itemizes losses they feel should be covered in insurance settlements. The document, titled a Proof of Loss form, will now be accepted by FEMA through April 28, 2014, and is crucial to accessing federal relief funds such as those available through the New York State Housing Recovery Program. Read more on the extension and form here.
State Assistance for Historic Properties
Governor Cuomo announced relief assistance for historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The program, funded by the National Park Service, will distribute $12 million to nonprofit organizations and municipalities working to preserve historic sites. The application deadline is November 25, 2013, and more information can be found here.
What’s Happening in our Communities:
Red Hook Film Festival
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition (BWAC) hosted the 7th Annual Red Hook Film and Video Festival last week, with the theme of Hurricane Sandy recovery. The gallery space itself saw much damage from the storm, and required some $50,000 to get up and running again after months of work. Read the full story here.
Preparedness Workshop in Coney Island
Tonight, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Coney Island Gospel Assembly (2828 Neptune Avenue), #ConeyRecovers, the Alliance for Coney Island, and the Red Cross are partnering to bring a FREE, emergency preparedness training to local residents. For more information on the event, visit the #ConeyRecovers site.
Local Communities Plan for Storm Resiliency
Last week at a NY Rising public engagement event, community members from Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach joined forces to plan for storm resiliency on the local level. The event was facilitated by the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, and will lead to significant funds for implementing storm-resilient plans in various coastal communities. Read the full story here.
Recognition of Local Nonprofits
Last week, the New York Times published an article recognizing the collaborative work of local nonprofits battling a housing crisis in Canarsie. Today, Nonprofit Quarterly echoed that message, elaborating on the devastating connection between Hurricane Sandy and increased foreclosure rates. Click here for foreclosure prevention information and resources.
What’s Happening Borough- and City-Wide:
Brooklyn Recovery Fund Award Announcements
The Brooklyn Recovery Fund, created in the immediate aftermath of Sandy through a partnership of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, announced last week $1.2 million in grant awards. This wave of funding comes by way of the American Red Cross, and will support long-term recovery efforts in coastal Brooklyn. Read more about the grant projects here.
New York’s First Sandy Buyout
Last week, as part of the Recreate New York Smart Home Buyout Program, New York State bought its first Sandy-damaged home in Staten Island at fair-market, pre-storm value. Read the full story here.
Alternative Mobile Power
Powerclip, a device that gives first responders immediate access to power in emergency situations, was created in direct response to Sandy blackouts. The device works by allowing users an easy way to tap into energy stored within vehicle batteries. Read more on the award-winning technology here and here.
Hurricane Sandy Photo Exhibition
A new exhibition of black and white photos opened last Friday at the King’s County Distillery in Brooklyn. The photography shown documents the devastation of the storm, and serves to encourage continued help for those still struggling to get on their feet. Read the full story here.
Preparedness Workshop in Coney Island
October 15. Tonight, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Coney Island Gospel Assembly (2828 Neptune Avenue), #ConeyRecovers, the Alliance for Coney Island, and the Red Cross are partnering to bring a FREE, emergency preparedness training to local residents. For more information on the event, visit the #ConeyRecovers site.
Building Energy NYC Conference
October 15 & 16. Today and tomorrow at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square, BE NYC is hosting a conference and trade show for all those involved with buildings or facilities management, renewable energy, property development, finance, policy making, legal services, architecture, manufacturing, engineering, contracting, consulting, tall and short buildings. The event will focus on making properties more sustainable and efficient, and thus profitable. Click here for more information and to register.
Community Reconstruction Program Public Forum
October 15 & 16. The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is holding public engagement events tonight and tomorrow night, in Red Hook andSheepshead Bay/Gerritsen Beach, respectively. Click here for more information on the events.
One Stop for Recovery
October 17. This Thursday, Red Hook Volunteers, Good Shepherd Services, Rebuilding Together, and Project Hope are offering a “One Stop for Recovery” workshop, designed to address the ongoing needs of community members around mold, debris removal, insurance, legal services, and more. The event takes place at the Red Hook Library (7 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn) from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.
Urban Resilience and Climate Change
October 17 & 18. This Thursday and Friday, the Science and Resilience Institute will host its first symposium, “Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change: Global Input for Local Solutions,” at Kingsborough Community College. Click here for more information and to register.
Sandy Political Education Workshops
October 19. This weekend, Alliance for a Just Rebuilding member Community Voices Heard is organizing a political education training for low-income New Yorkers affected by Sandy. The event will focus on connections between climate change and economic struggles, and empower attendees to act for a more just rebuild process. The event on the 19th takes place at Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Coney Island from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Another on October 23rd will take place atRed Hook Initiative from 7:30 – 9:30 PM.