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LISC NYC'S Home Repair Program started in October 2013 to help New York City homeowners in impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The $19 million initiative was paid for with private funds from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the American Red Cross, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Robin Hood Foundation. It provided low-income New Yorkers with a range of structural and non-structural repair work for damages caused by the hurricane. See our story below:
Mattie Eddy, a Far Rockaway homeowner, welcomes First Lady of New Chirlane McCray and LISC NYC Executive Director Sam Marks into her home. Ms. Eddy's home was one of 501 Sandy-damaged homes repaired as part of LISC NYC'S Home Repair program.
For Mattie Eddy, the good news was she wasn’t home when Hurricane Sandy struck.
Ms. Eddy, a Far Rockaway homeowner, was out of the house when Sandy blew into her home in Far Rockaway, Queens in 2012, demolishing her living room and causing more than $84,000 thousands of dollars in damage. The first floor of her two-floor home was flooded, with a hole in the wall leading to the streets outside.
"Everything just floated," she said.
But that was then. Now, nearly three years later, Eddy got the chance to thank LISC NYC and its funders and partners for their repairs on her home.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City joined on October 7 with the American Red Cross, Robin Hood Foundation, JPMorgan Chase and LISC NYC to celebrate the completion of LISC’s Home Repair program, an initiative created in 2013 to rebuild 500 Sandy-damaged homes throughout New York City.
The successful program, funded through $19 million in grants from the Mayor’s Fund, the Red Cross, Robin Hood and JPMorgan Chase, was launched to assist low-income, vulnerable families in obtaining necessary home repairs after Hurricane Sandy. The program repaired its 501st home in July 2015.
“Every family needs a home – a place of love and safety and strength,” First Lady of New York and Chair of the Mayor’s Fund Chirlane McCray said. “Sadly, when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the homes of thousands, many couldn’t afford to make their homes whole again. I’m proud to say that more than 500 families have their refuge back because of this program.”
The celebratory event was held outside Eddy’s Far Rockaway home, and included a tour of her rebuilt living room and a “housewarming gift” from the Mayor’s Fund. LISC NYC’s key partner in the Home Repair program, Restored Homes, also attended the event.
Sam Marks, LISC NYC’s executive director, thanked the program’s funders, Restored Homes and the contractors who worked on Ms. Eddy’s home, including Simon Baron Development, 911 Restoration, Emteque, Microecologies and Nelligan White Architects.
“What you see in today is a testament to the work that we do, in conjunction with our local partners and funders,” he said. “At our best, as New Yorkers and inhabitants of an interdependent world, we work collectively, we bring together our resources, our expertise, our labor, and we don't let people like Ms. Eddy down.”
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