Housing News

Thursday, September 18, 2014



 Brooklyn, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joins Habitat for Humanity New York City, development partners and future homeowners to celebrate the start of construction on the Dean Street development, a 15-unit complex that will provide affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income families in the Ocean Hill/Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. The creation of this development was made possible through financing from HPD, the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the New York State Housing Trust Fund, Brooklyn Borough PresidentÕs Office, and other project partners


Wednesday, July 30, 2014



 NEW YORKŅMayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today announced a partnership to establish a $350 million fund to support affordable housing throughout New York City, marking a major investment in the administrationÕs historic plan to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.


Preparing for Hurricane Season

Floods account for more than $1 billion in property losses in the United States each year. Everyone is susceptible to flood damage, whether from storms, water main breaks, or sewer backups.


Intense rain storms are the most common cause of flash flooding, and they also cause sewers to back up into residences.


Given New York City's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, it is also susceptible to coastal storms and tidal flooding. Coastal flooding happens when storm water flows from the ocean into coastal areas. Tidal flooding occurs when the tide's range is at its highest level (also called a spring tide), but it can also occur with no storm. New York City also can experience riverine flooding, which occurs when freshwater rivers and streams overflow their banks.


The Federal Emergency Management AgencyÕs (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are used to determine who must buy flood insurance and where floodplain development regulations apply.


 Before Flooding Occurs

Ÿ  Know your area's flood risk. To estimate your flood risk, visit www.region2coastal.com. To estimate your flood insurance premium, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

Ÿ  Make an itemized list of personal property, including furnishings, clothing, and valuables.

Ÿ  Fill out an Emergency Reference Card, which will contain important contacts for you and your family in the event of any emergency.

Ÿ  Prepare a Go Bag that you can grab in case you need to leave your home in a hurry.

Ÿ  Learn the safest route from your home or workplace to safe, high ground in case you have to evacuate. This should be part of your household disaster plan.

Ÿ  If you live in a flood-susceptible area, keep materials, such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber, on hand to help protect your home.

*NOTE: In June 2013, FEMA Region II released preliminary revisions to New York City flood zones as a result of a new coastal flood study to update the information shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).


As the next step in the flood map update process for New York City, FEMA will be issuing Preliminary FIRMs and a Preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS), a narrative report of a community's flood hazard. These maps and study are the official version of the Preliminary Work Maps that were released in June 2013, and will go through a public review and comment period as well as an official appeals period.


for more information on fema's flood map update process, visit nyc.gov/floodmaps.


Temporary Housing

When individuals are not able to reoccupy residences because of evacuation orders issued by the City, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD's) Emergency Housing Services Bureau provides emergency relocation services. To contact HPD for information about eligibility or to learn about other programs after damaging storms, contact 311 online.


Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

Ÿ  Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

¯  Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.


Joseph Messineo

 Executive Director

Sand to improve traction.


Carmen Robello

Community Affairs Director

Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

¯  Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

¯  Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

Ÿ  Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Ÿ  A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

Ÿ  Download FEMAÕs Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.

Ÿ  Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.

Ÿ  Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

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