Rebuilding Together is dedicated to the long-term recovery of the communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Since the storm, we’ve repaired more than 350 homes and community centers. As resources are available, we will continue to meet the need of additional homeowners impacted by this devastating storm. Rebuilding Together has been working in the communities impacted by Sandy for many years. Over the months and years to come, we will continue to rebuild and to seek to meet the needs of the families impacted by Sandy, remaining long after the publicity and immediacy have waned.

The Need:

In New York over 300,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy with the south shore, inland of Queens, and Staten Island shore being hit the hardest. The majority of homes across this coastal region belong to low-income and working class families. In Nassau County, more than half the homes damaged did not have flood insurance. In New Jersey 350,000 homes were damaged, including 275,000 that were uninsured. In addition to the devastating coastal damage in New Jersey, a levee failed in Bergen County affecting 2,000 residents in Moonachie, Little Ferry, Carlstadt, and Hackensack. In addition, Jersey City and Hoboken experienced concentrated flooding in heavily populated downtown areas.

Our Response:

Rebuilding Together will provide free critical home repairs to survivors of Superstorm Sandy through our affiliates in New York City, Long Island, Bergen County, and Jersey City. These affiliates have served more than 20,000 individuals through community space and residential rebuild projects to date.

Rebuilding Together has joined with leading national disaster response and recovery organizations such as the American Red Cross and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) to represent and address the long-term needs of low-income homeowners and their communities. Our local affiliates have partnered with local VOAD groups, Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund, All Hands Volunteers, Moonachie Little Ferry Relief Fund, local Rotary Chapters, skilled trade organizations, and the United Way Compassion Fund, among many others.

The Results So Far:

Rebuilding Together Has assisted more than 600 impacted residents through home rebuilds, with the help of over 8,000 volunteers, who have contributed over 50,000 hours of their time. In addition to serving homeowners, our affiliates and their volunteers have coordinated the repair of numerous community centers, churches, firehouses, and veteran service organization facilities. As capacity allows, we will continue to rebuild and meet the needs of the families and communities impacted by Sandy.

Our Experience:

Rebuilding Together has experience helping those affected by natural disasters, notably the homeowners who lost so much after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Nashville floods in 2010, and the tornadoes and hurricanes that swept through the southern states in 2011. Our recovery work following Hurricane Katrina is particularly noteworthy as our national network of affiliates rebuilt over 1,000 homes along the Gulf Coast and continues to rebuild homes and communities today.

Rebuilding after Sandy Photos on Flickr