The city’s Build It Back program, established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to help homeowners rebuild their houses, is moving toward its goal of completing its work by the end of 2016, according to officials, who announced that the program is transitioning its case management centers to put more of a focus on construction services.
On Jan. 1, Build It Back will be opening up new construction services centers in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. At the same time, the program will be moving case management services from the old offices into the new centers so that applicants can access all services in the same location, officials said.
The Brooklyn Construction Services Center will be located at 1380 Rockaway Parkway.
Homeowners will be able to use the new center to review their project scope of work, sign grant agreements, receive temporary housing assistance and meet with program representatives to address questions and concerns.
Build It Back will maintain a satellite center at 1906 Mermaid Ave. in Coney Island. The satellite center is open by appointment only.
Coney Island is one of the neighborhoods that was hit hardest by Sandy, with many buildings heavily damaged by the storm. Sandy hit New York City on Oct. 29, 2012.
Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) said he was pleased that the satellite center is located on Mermaid Avenue, Coney Island’s main commercial thoroughfare. “This is the main shopping street in Coney Island. It’s important for people to know that Coney Island is more than just the summertime amusements. Real people live here,” he told Brooklyn Eagle.
Meanwhile, the city is looking to help Sandy victims in other ways.
In May, officials from the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery and Treyger announced the creation of a program in which vouchers for pre-apprenticeship training spots in the construction industry would be distributed to individuals in Sandy-damaged neighborhoods.