Hurricane Sandy


The scene outside Gouverneur Court, a supportive housing residence in lower Manhattan, after Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of Community Access.

Updates added regularly.

New Yorkers are still feeling the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The following is a list of resources for organizations and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy. You'll find general resources and those tailored for low-income individuals and the organizations that serve them below. If you have been affected by the storm or need any assistance rebuilding or rehousing, please contact us. If you have any vacancies, please fill out this survey to give us details.

Superstorm Sandy Social Services Grants

New York State will distribute more than $200 million to address the needs of health and human service providers impacted by Sandy. See our RFP page to learn how you can apply for this funding.

NYS Sandy Help Team

The State of New York, local governments and its partners are now accepting registrations for housing and small business assistance for residents located in disaster-declared counties. These registrations will be used to determine potential program eligibility for each registrant. You can register and learn more here. You can also reach the State Sandy help team by calling NYS Emergency Assistance Hotline at 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263).

NYC Build it Back

If you are seeking assistance for your damaged home located in NYC (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens or Richmond County), or to see updates on NYC progress with recovery, click here.

NYC Business Solutions

If you are seeking assistance or tools for recovery for a business you own that is located in the NYC, click here.

Receive Disaster Case Management

If you or your family have been impacted by Sandy, you could be eligible to receive assistance from a disaster case manager. See this document to learn how you can receive help. For contact information by borough, see here.

New York Action Plan for CDBG Program Disaster Recovery

This report, prepared by NYS Homes and Community Renewal, explores ways to use the Community Development Block Grant program for disaster recovery. You can read the report here.

Enterprise Blog Posts on Sandy

Enterprise has devoted a significant amount space on its housing blog to Sandy-related issues. Follow this link to scroll through its regularly updated Sandy coverage.

HUD's Model to Assist Communities with CDBG-DR Programs

The Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assesment Kit guides CDBG-DR grantees through a process for identifying and prioritizing critical unmet needs for long-term community recovery. You can read the kit here.

Resources for People Living with Disabilities

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has created a presentation on post-Sandy housing resources for persons with disabilities. You can view the presentation as a slideshow here.

Additionally, People AmeriCares, Independent Living Centers (ILCs), Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) Centers, members of the New York Medical Equipment Providers and other nonprofit service providers are partnering to address access and functional needs of individuals with disabilities in New York State impacted by Sandy. To learn more and find contact information, see this document.

Red Cross Sandy Resource List

The Red Cross has created an exhaustive list of resources for those affected by Sandy. Download this PDF to learn more.

CPC Low Interest Loan Program

The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) is providing loans to rehabilitate multifamily housing damaged by Sandy. See this document to learn more about the Low Interest Loan Program. For CPC tips on how to mitigate storm damage at your residence, see this document.

Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you've lost work or income due to the effects of Sandy, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from the State. See this PDF to learn more. It is our understanding that this does not have the same barriers as regular unemployment assistance. If you have lost any wages due to Sandy, you are encouraged to apply.

Food and Shelter Assistance

The Salvation Army's call center is open 24 hours a day at 1-800-725-2769. Call the number to find the nearest Salvation Army shelter.

Shelter assistance is available from the American Red Cross. Call 1-800-733-2767 and press 1.

To find a food distribution location or feeding site closest to you, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3hungry (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8hambre (1-877-842-6273) for Spanish. The hotline operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm EST.

The City has set up sites for food and water distribution. For a full list of sites, see here.

Jobs Available for Sandy Cleanup

New York State has received $27.7 million in funding to hire workers for Sandy-related cleanup. Follow this link to learn how you can get a job in the recovery effort.

HUD Memo on Homelessness and Sandy

On November 16, HUD released a memo to help individuals determine the status of people who lost their homes as a result of Sandy. The memo states that, "In general, persons who lost their homes [...] and who lack the resources and support networks to secure housing are considered homeless if they are living in a shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation." You can read the memo here.

Apply for a Grant from Enterprise

Enterprise is providing a combination of grant and loan capital to support community development partners directly affected by Sandy. To learn if you're eligible to apply, visit Enterprise's website.

Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program

Mayor Bloomberg has announced a $26 million loan program for nonprofit organizations affected by Sandy. See this press release to learn more.

Emotional Help

The Mental Health Association of New York City is operating a crisis hotline for those affected by Sandy. You can learn more about the hotline here or call it at 1-800-LIFENET.

SNAP Benefits

For information on SNAP benefits after a disaster, please contact your state SNAP hotline. The number is 1-718-557-1399 for New York City and 1-800-687-9512 for New Jersey.

Replace Lost Documents, Receive Tax Help, and More

The Community Service Society of NY has put together a list of resources available for victims of Sandy. Click here to download the PDF.

Receive Insurance Help

New York State has established a 24-hour hotline for Sandy victims who're in the process of filing insurance claims. If you're having trouble with this process or have been denied by your insurance company, call 1-800-339-1759 to speak with a representative. Insurance help through New York State is also available online here.

Health and Safety Tips

Carbon monoxide poisoning from improper generator operation, mold inhalation from water-damaged materials, and damaged electrical systems that pose fire hazards are all potential health and safety impacts of Sandy. If you are still without power and are operating on a generator, or if you have begun the clean-up process of your residences post-flooding, please take a moment to read these important safety tips about proper generator operation and water damage repair from the Building Performance Institute and Bright Power.

Robin Hood Resources

Robin Hood has provided relief aid through more than $70 million in grants to over 400 different groups, fully allocating all of the donations received via its Concert for Sandy Relief on 12-12-12. The foundation continues to maintain a list of resources here as well as a handy tool that customizes a list of resources based on end-user criteria. To see what Sandy resources you are entitled to receive, try this tool here.

National Flood Insurance Program

For comprehensive information on flood insurance, contact the National Flood Insurance Program by phone at 800-427-4661 or visit their website here.