Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Program

The devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 called to attention the fact that our most vulnerable residents are least able to adapt in a crisis that levels homes, kills electricity and cuts off access to vital services. This vulnerability extends to low-income communities as a whole and the community-based organizations that serve them.

Enterprise understands of the challenges facing the families and housing organizations affected by Sandy.

Recovery and Rebuilding Program

The Enterprise Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding program is an ambitious three-year effort to upgrade and strengthen the region’s affordable housing, develop the disaster-preparedness of neighborhood-based organizations and support a more resilient civic infrastructure in highly vulnerable, low-income neighborhoods. Enterprise’s policy leadership and data analysis play a critical role in ensuring an effective recovery process.

Research and Data Analysis
Enterprise has created a set of maps and data analysis that summarize Superstorm Sandy’s impact on homes in the New York region.

Housing Resilience

Enterprise launched the Learning Collaborative for Multifamily Affordable Housing Resilience to help organizations improve the resiliency of their affordable housing properties and safeguard them from future crises. Enterprise selected 12 affordable housing organizations that, in total, oversee nearly 300 buildings. Since its launch, the Collaborative has served approximately 14,500 low- and moderate-income households to date. 

This Collaborative works to strengthen the organizations' disaster preparedness skills, improve the physical resilience of their properties and work collaboratively to identify best practices for resilience in the multifamily affordable housing field. Through this work, Enterprise will launch a set of tools and protocols to help other organizations gauge their level of preparedness, assess physical vulnerabilities and provide guidance for resident engagement. 

Enterprise supports the participants in collaboratively developing comprehensive disaster preparedness and response plans for their organizations and housing portfolios. We will provide technical support to help each organization assess its housing portfolio’s vulnerability to future crises, explore innovative resilient retrofit options and identify potential financing mechanisms to implement the recommendations. At the same time, we will work together to identify shared goals and challenges, and translate them into lessons and guidelines to benefit all affordable housing organizations.

Enterprise selected the following 12 affordable housing organizations to participate in our Learning Collaborative:

Read more about the Learning Collaborative in Affordable Housing Finance.   

AIA New York Award-Winning Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk

Enterprise and partners have hosted the Sandy Neighborhood Design HelpDesk, a series of temporary design centers in Sandy-impacted communities that provide homeowners and building owners with free, one-on-one architectural, insurance, and mortgage consultations specific to their properties. A collaboration with LISC, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, the Pratt Center for Community Development, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations, and local community-based organizations, the HelpDesk was honored in June by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY). To date, the partnership has hosted 21 HelpDesks in the Rockaways, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Staten Island, serving 124 people.

Enterprise Partners with NYU Furman Center and AIANY on Multifamily Resilience Report

This summer, Enterprise supported the NYU Furman Center in issuing the report “The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?” on the challenges of retrofitting NYC multifamily buildings to be more resilient to future storms. Based on discussions and takeaways from the Retrofit Solutions Workshop, a joint convening with the Furman Center, AIANY and Enterprise in January 2014 to engage the building community in a collaborative conversation about affordable housing and its future threats, the report complemented a corresponding exhibition at the Center for Architecture, “Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats.”