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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding


Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Program

The devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 called to attention the fact that our most vulnerable residents are least able to adapt in a crisis that levels homes, kills electricity and cuts off access to vital services. This vulnerability extends to low-income communities as a whole and the community-based organizations that serve them.

Enterprise understands of the challenges facing the families and housing organizations affected by Sandy.

Recovery and Rebuilding Program

The Enterprise Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding program is an ambitious three-year effort to upgrade and strengthen the region’s affordable housing, develop the disaster-preparedness of neighborhood-based organizations and support a more resilient civic infrastructure in highly vulnerable, low-income neighborhoods. Enterprise’s policy leadership and data analysis play a critical role in ensuring an effective recovery process.

Research and Data Analysis
Enterprise has created a set of maps and data analysis that summarize Superstorm Sandy’s impact on homes in the New York region.

Find highlights from both reports are on Our Blog

Housing Resilience

Enterprise launched the Learning Collaborative for Multifamily Affordable Housing Resilience to help organizations improve the resiliency of their affordable housing properties and safeguard them from future crises. Enterprise selected 12 affordable housing organizations that, in total, oversee nearly 300 buildings. Since its launch, the Collaborative has served approximately 14,500 low- and moderate-income households to date. 

This Collaborative works to strengthen the organizations' disaster preparedness skills, improve the physical resilience of their properties and work collaboratively to identify best practices for resilience in the multifamily affordable housing field. Through this work, Enterprise will launch a set of tools and protocols to help other organizations gauge their level of preparedness, assess physical vulnerabilities and provide guidance for resident engagement. 

Enterprise supports the participants in collaboratively developing comprehensive disaster preparedness and response plans for their organizations and housing portfolios. We will provide technical support to help each organization assess its housing portfolio’s vulnerability to future crises, explore innovative resilient retrofit options and identify potential financing mechanisms to implement the recommendations. At the same time, we will work together to identify shared goals and challenges, and translate them into lessons and guidelines to benefit all affordable housing organizations.

Enterprise selected the following 12 affordable housing organizations to participate in our Learning Collaborative:

Read more about the Learning Collaborative in Affordable Housing Finance.  

Speaker Series on Housing Resilience

Enterprise hosted a series of presentations exploring the long-term recovery challenges for multifamily affordable housing infrastructure in New York City and the surrounding region in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The series explored technical issues and best practice case studies of recovery and response.


Risks and Mitigants: What does it mean to be prepared?
Archived version of the event

Resident Engagement
Archived version of the event

Operations and Maintenance for Disaster Preparedness
Archived version of the event

Multifamily Resiliency Measures
Archived version of the event

For additional questions, suggestions or to be placed on email list for events, please contact: Laurie Schoeman.

AIA New York Award-Winning Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk

Enterprise and partners have hosted the Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk, a series of temporary design centers in Sandy-impacted communities that provide homeowners and building owners with free, one-on-one architectural, insurance, and mortgage consultations specific to their properties. A collaboration with LISC, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, the Pratt Center for Community Development, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations, and local community-based organizations, the HelpDesk was honored in June by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY). To date, the partnership has hosted 21 HelpDesks in the Rockaways, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Staten Island, serving 124 people.

Enterprise Partners with NYU Furman Center and AIANY on Multifamily Resilience Report

This summer, Enterprise supported the NYU Furman Center in issuing the report “The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?” on the challenges of retrofitting NYC multifamily buildings to be more resilient to future storms. Based on discussions and takeaways from the Retrofit Solutions Workshop, a joint convening with the Furman Center, AIANY and Enterprise in January 2014 to engage the building community in a collaborative conversation about affordable housing and its future threats, the report complemented a corresponding exhibition at the Center for Architecture, “Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats.” 


Upcoming Events

Policy Forum: Green Preservation of Multi-Family Affordable Housing 
Wednesday, February 3, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue - 
NYU Wagner School of Public Service
295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor

Everything You Need to Know About
Homelessness Programs in New York City

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12 p.m.
Enterprise Community Partners
One Whitehall St, 11th Floor, N.Y.

Enterprise Training Series

Resiliency Speaker Series Video Library


New York Stories
Read two stories from a New York resident and partner that demonstrate the results of our Sandy Recovery & Rebuilding efforts. 

Learning Collaborative for Multifamily Affordable Housing Resilience
The Learning Collaborative supports 12 affordable housing providers impacted by Hurricane Sandy to improve the resiliency of their properties and safeguard the families living in them from future crises. 

Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesks
The Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk is a one-stop shop for Sandy-impacted homeowners to receive professional advice on how to navigate the complex system of recovery programs.

By the Numbers

Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding: An Infographic 

See our progress and impact in the two years since Enterprise launched the Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding program.

View the the infographic in full size and then click on the image to zoom.



Flooded Basement: Three-Step Drying Process

Boiler Safety: What You Should and Should Not Do After the Power Comes Back On

How to Restore Your Flooded Home

CDBG Action Plans:

Our Blog

For news on the intersection between Hurricane Sandy and affordable housing, visit our Blog.