HRO is calling on landlords throughout Sandy-impacted communities to offer available apartments for Build it Back applicants to temporarily rent. All landlords will be reimbursed up to designated rental amounts specified by Build it Back. Assisting families in finding temporary housing with allow the program to continue to accelerate construction as it moves aggressively towards Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of having all Sandy homes complete by the end of the year.
Landlords interested in helping can call Build it Back at 212-615-8329.
“As we move forward towards the Mayor’s goal of completing Build it Back by the end of the year, we are taking unprecedented steps to assist homeowners needing to relocate due to construction,” said Amy Peterson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery. “Building on the pilot program we launched with the Mayor’s Fund and NYDIS this past year, we will be vastly expanding our resources to help homeowners find temporary apartments and to help them with all aspects of the move-out process. Additionally, we are looking to partner with landlords in the community who can offer temporary leases. As we reflect on our New Year’s resolutions, we are calling on New Yorkers to make a renewed commitment to helping their Sandy-impacted neighbors.”
“So much work has gone into the efforts to elevate and reconstruct homes affected by Sandy, and unfortunately the final obstacle in getting many people back home is finding them temporary housing while the work on their homes takes place,” said Borough President James Oddo. “Candidly, from a landlord’s point of view, short term leases are not ideal, but we are asking Staten Islanders who have the space to offer a little cup of kindness and make their vacant apartments available so those affected by Sandy can temporarily move in while their homes are reconstructed or elevated."