More than 25 Long-Term Recovery Groups are helping New York survivors of Hurricane Sandy get back to normal.
The groups, operating in 13 counties designated by FEMA for assistance to individuals and households, consist of state and local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) and Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs), all working to help storm survivors with unmet needs.
For example, in Brooklyn, the Canarsie Coalition partnered with many nonprofits to start rebuilding homes. The coalition partnered with the Doe Fund, an agency that trains and employs formerly homeless individuals, to clean up yards and perform light repairs in the community. The group also partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services to provide other help, including foreclosure prevention, insurance issues and construction estimating.
Other partnerships include working with Green City Force, an AmeriCorps program that takes young adults from urban, often impoverished areas and provides them with training and work experience. Green City is working with another agency, Rebuilding Together NYC, to perform repair work to damaged homes in the Canarsie community. Rebuilding Together provides home rehabilitation and modification services with the help of citizen volunteers and skilled tradespeople. The agency serves all five boroughs.
Long-term recovery groups are independent of FEMA or any other federal agency and consist of a coalition of organizations ranging from the national to the neighborhood level. Their role is to help meet remaining needs of survivors after they have maximized state and federal funds available to them.
Long-term recovery groups typically include federal partners, voluntary agencies and grassroots organizations. These partnerships require close coordination to address community needs, distribute resources and to help restore vital support systems – health, social, economic and environmental systems, among others.
For more information on how Long-Term Recovery Groups operate, including organization, administration and management, visit the National VOAD site at: www.nvoad.org.
Here is a list of current groups working on Sandy recovery efforts in New York state:
|Long Island||Long Island VOAD||Nassau/Suffolk counties|
|Long Island Long Term Recovery Group||Nassau/Suffolk counties|
|Long Beach VOAD||Long Beach|
|Neighbors Supporting Neighbors||Town of Babylon, Lindenhurst and surrounding areas|
|Friends of Freeport||Freeport|
|Mastic/Shirley COAD||Mastic Beach/Shirley|
|Patchogue COAD||Greater Patchogue|
|Queens||Rockaways and Broad Channel Long Term Recovery Group||Queens|
|Call to Action Recovery Coalition||Rockaway Queens|
|Rockaway United||Rockaway Queens|
|Brooklyn||Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Committee||Brooklyn|
|Red Hook Coalition||Red Hook|
|Gerritsen Beach Cares||Gerritsen Beach|
|Sheepshead Bay||Sheepshead Bay|
|Coney Recovers||Coney Island|
|Brighton Beach Coalition||Brighton Beach|
|Staten Island||Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Disaster Organization||Richmond County|
|New York||Lower East Side Manhattan Long Term Recovery Committee||Manhattan Lower East Side|
|New York City VOAD||New York City|
|Bronx||Bronx Long Term Recovery Committee||Bronx|
|Putnam||Putnam County Long Term Recovery Coalition||Putnam County|
|Westchester||Westchester County Long Term Recovery Coalition||Westchester County|
|Rockland||Disaster Recovery Coalition of Rockland||Rockland County|
|Orange||Orange County Long Term Recovery Committee||Orange County|
|Sullivan||Sullivan County Long Term Recovery Coalition||Sullivan County|
|Ulster||Ulster County Long Term Recovery Group||Dutchess/Ulster Counties|