Sandy Response

CHPC & the Sandy Response

Like many New Yorkers, CHPC was affected by Hurricane Sandy both directly and indirectly.  Our offices in Lower Manhattan were closed for a week because we were without power, and we lost our Verizon internet and phone connections for months.  Our physical impacts were minor compared to what many others experienced – and continue to experience over 18 months later.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation we were able to devote our time and resources to identifying the most effective ways help the City’s most impacted communities.

You can read our latest work relating to this natural catastrophe here:

Sandy Response

  • CHPC and Hurricane Sandy

    We wanted to bring you up to date on our situation since the hurricane. First, our staff are fine. Our offices were not in any way damaged but we still do not have phone or Internet service. We have rigged up some temporary wi-fi but coverage remains spotty. Email and cell phones will reach us all.

    As soon as we could, we offered our help to the city government, especially the Department of Housing Preservation & Development. We have been helping the city mobilize the resources of the housing and community development industry to best help those neighborhoods affected by the hurricane sandy. We’re also conducting a number of projects to aid the repair and reconstruction effort. Members of our board have been identifying emergency regulatory changes for the Department of City Planning and the Department of Buildings that could help owners to improve their property affected by the storm and minimize future flooding impacts. 

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Left in the Wake: Sandy’s Effects on NYC Neighborhoods

Left in the Wake: Sandy’s Effects on New York City Neighborhoods

by Neil Reilly, CHPC Policy Analyst

Eighteen months after Superstorm Sandy most small homeowners are still waiting for assistance repairing or rebuilding their homes. Houses stand vacant—whether partially renovated or abandoned—as the New York City government struggles to get its recovery program in motion. As reflected in the testimony of residents before a recent City Council oversight hearing, the lack of help to rebuild their homes is destroying families, job opportunities, and once-thriving neighborhoods.

A New Dorp Beach house abandoned mid-repair. Photo: CHPC/Neil ReillyA New Dorp Beach house abandoned mid-repair. Photo: CHPC/Neil Reilly

To better examine the …

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CHPC Testifies at City Council Hearing on Sandy Recovery

CHPC Policy Analyst Neil Reilly testified Monday, March 31, at a New York City Council oversight hearing on the City’s Build it Back program. He presented research that CHPC has undertaken regarding the ongoing effects of Sandy on housing citywide–namely the increased rates of foreclosure filings and sales of homes at prices well below the median of their borough. He also listed a series of policy reforms that CHPC believes will help return residents to their homes and rebuild affected neighborhoods.

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Council Member Mark Treyger, who represents parts of southern Brooklyn hit hard by the storm, including Coney Island, convened …

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Steering the New Course: policy ideas for the new administration

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STEERING THE NEW COURSE:
CHPC’s Ideas for Housing and Land Use Policy in New York City

With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for …

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CHPC Testifies in Favor of Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment

On Monday, September 30th, CHPC testified in favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment before the City Council Land Use Committee’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. You can read our full testimony here:

CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so …

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Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment Testimony

This morning, we testified at the City Planning Commission hearing in favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment. You can read our full testimony here:

CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so as to both streamline repair and rebuild …

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CHPC Goes to Coney Island!

On Tuesday, CHPC staff visited Coney Island to tour the nearly-complete Coney Island Commons  – the fantastic result of a collaboration between CHPC board members Andrea Kretchmer, Larry Hirschfield and William Stein. Coney Island Commons is a mixed-use affordable housing development anchored by a community center to be operated by the YMCA of Greater New York.

When complete, Coney Island Commons will provide the neighborhood with 195 high-quality residential units for rent to low and middle-income families. In an effort to address neighborhood disaster-recovery challenges, 39 of the 195 units have been specially reserved for those applicants who were displaced …

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Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment

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CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been assisting the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so as to both streamline repair and rebuild efforts and improve the flood resilience of new and existing buildings.

 

The Department of City Planning recently referred out a proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment. This Text Amendment – …

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Zone A New York

Zone A New York: How the Environment and Home Meet After Sandy

Through our William R. Ginsberg Practitioner Fellowship Program, Joseph Pupello has spearheaded the creation of a new non-profit organization, Zone A New York. Zone A New York comprises housing and environmental experts, anchored by CHPC Board Members, and community representatives working to insure that direct recovery and resilience planning in Metropolitan New York Coastal Flood Threat Zones A and V takes place in the most expeditious and comprehensive way possible. Zone A New York recognizes community needs, the value of natural infrastructure, and the use of …

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CHPC and Hurricane Sandy

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We wanted to bring you up to date on our situation since the hurricane. First, our staff are fine. Our offices were not in any way damaged but we still do not have phone or Internet service. We have rigged up some temporary wi-fi but coverage remains spotty. Email and cell phones will reach us all.

As soon as we could, we offered our help to the city government, especially the Department of Housing Preservation & Development. We have been helping the city mobilize the resources of the housing and community development industry to best help those neighborhoods affected by …

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