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Long-Term Recovery Groups help build resilient communities

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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.     

Two workers performing repairs in a home.
Two members of the Doe Fund program perform light repairs and help muck out a home in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn.
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:

Map of LTRG Coverage Area (NYC)                Map of LTRG Coverage Area (Designated Counties)

Map of the five boroughs of New York City illustrating the coverage of Long Term Recovery Groups supporting Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.                         Map of Long Term Recovery Group coverage in the designated counties for Individual Assistance in support of Hurricane Sandy recovery.

Here is a list of current groups working on Sandy recovery efforts in New York state:


County Group Coverage Area
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
Massapequa COAD Massapequa
Friends of Freeport Freeport
11518 Nassau/Suffolk counties
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
Canarsie Coalition Canarsie
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


Last Updated: 
06/30/2014 - 14:09