Home Elevation’s Impact on Accessibility

Greetings Recovery Stakeholders: Throughout Hurricane Sandy recovery, many homeowners are facing the decision to elevate their homes to prevent potential damage in future flood events. Living in an elevated home presents challenges for anyone but is especially difficult for people with disabilities. During recovery from a disaster, disability advocates promote the use of “universal design.”…

Feature Story — Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan Puts Needs of Fellow Sandy Victims First By Christine Albano When eight feet of water engulfed Bob Dennis’ basement and destroyed the utilities and office space of his high ranch-style home in Midland Beach, he decided to help fellow victims of Super Storm Sandy before handling repairs on his own dwelling. “I wasn’t…

Build it Back Program: Application + Permit Fees Waived

Application and permit fees are waived for owners whose properties were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and who are rebuilding or repairing their homes through the City’s Build it Back (BIB) program. Contractors are no longer required to pay DOB filing fees and submit for reimbursement. Affected Buildings Applications being filed by contractors completing work funded…

Mayor De Blasio Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2014 CONTACT: pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958 No. 426 MAYOR DE BLASIO, SENATOR SCHUMER ANNOUNCE $108 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO REPAIR AND PROTECT SANDY-DAMAGED PUBLIC HOUSING NYCHA Agreement with FEMA for Coney Island Houses Means Critical Improvements and Protections for Residents; Provides Model to Repair and Protect Other Sandy-Impacted NYCHA Properties…

Project Open House

Project Open House The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (“MOPD”) is pleased to announce the open enrollment application process for Project Open House (POH).  The POH mission is to remove “small” readily achievable architectural barriers within an individual’s home for qualified applicants with a permanent disability, thereby assisting in gaining greater independence. MOPD works…

Volunteer on Sept. 5th for the National Preparedness Month Kickoff!

    Get Ready for National Preparedness Month  September 2014!   National Preparedness Month kicks off ALL DAY on Friday, September 5th!  Register to volunteer at any of the sites throughout the five boroughs: Bronx Fordham Plaza (Register here) Brooklyn Borough Hall (Register here) Manhattan Herald Square (Register here) Queens Jamaica Center (Register here) Staten…