Homeowners Who Enroll In Program Won't Have to Pay Upfront for Repairs
Unprecedented Partnership with FEMA Will Get People Back into Homes Faster
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Director of Housing Recovery Operations Brad Gair announced NYC Rapid Repairs, a new program to send teams of contractors and City inspectors into neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy and quickly and efficiently make necessary repairs to damaged homes.
Through an unprecedented partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the City, we are bringing in contractors who will be given responsibility for specific geographic areas hard hit by Sandy. These contractors will be responsible for repairing the homes of anyone who wants to take part in NYC Rapid Repairs.
Under the typical FEMA process, it is up to the homeowner to arrange for repair work and carry it out, but this new system will make repairs happen more quickly and efficiently.
Beginning Tuesday, homeowners will be able sign up for NYC Rapid Repairs by going NYC.gov or by calling 311. They will need a FEMA ID number, which they can get by registering at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
The Rapid Repair teams will work closely with City agencies, including the Department of Buildings, to make sure that any necessary inspections and certifications are done as quickly as possible.