On October 29th, 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast. Rockaway, NY was hard hit as the storm surge from the Atlantic Ocean met with water from Jamaica Bay over the Rockaway Peninsula, where thousands of hardworking New York families live.
Nearly five years after Hurricane Sandy, approximately 8,500 New Yorkers who applied for rebuilding assistance through NYC's "Build it Back" program have not yet received it. Many of these homeowners continue to live in their Sandy damaged home - unsafe and unhealthy by any measure.
Today, SBP (also know locally as "Friends of Rockaway) is the only rebuilding organization still operating in Rockaway and surrounding areas. SBP rebuilds Sandy-damaged homes in Far Rockaway, Bayswater, Edgewater, Arverne, Hammels, Rockaway Beach/Seaside, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Neponsit, Roxbury, Breezy Point, Broad Channel and Howard Beach.
Additionally, SBP has partnered with The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery on a pilot home elevation program called Project Uplift, with the goal of providing affordable home elevation services, and to help stabilize the high cost of market rate contractors elevation services. SBP and the State of New York are implementing this program now—get the details to see if you are eligible to participate.