Assessing the City's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program Six Years Later

February 15, 2019

Curbed New York 2.13.19

In a collaborative study by the city and the Center for Urban Research at The City University of New York Graduate Center, researchers explored what went wrong with Build It Back, attrition rates, and why initial applicants left the multibillion-dollar program before receiving benefits. Appeared in Curbed New York. 

Some 20,275 households had registered for Build It Back by the end of October 2013. Of those registered for Build It Back, 26 percent didn’t submit an application, while another 26 percent did complete an application but did not pick a program option—this in essence withdrew them from Build It Back. Come October 2016 8,040 applicants stayed in the program, the report says.

Today, 97 percent of homeowners who stayed in the program have had work on their homes completed and received their full benefit, according to the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations.