HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS

Across the country, SBP has rebuilt the homes of more than 1,200 disaster impacted clients. However, we believe that to accomplish our mission of shrinking time between disaster and recovery, we must work from both sides of the problem: pre and post disaster. 

SBP provides resources to help homeowners make smart, informed decisions before and after a disaster in order to fortify them against the unnecessary suffering associated with a prolonged recovery. Whether understanding how to get the right insurance before a disaster strikes or how to avoid contractor fraud afterwards, our guides and checklists enable homeowners to recover quickly and efficiently, while minimizing as much stress and uncertainty as possible.

SBP's Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab (DRRL) consists of two programs:

  1. Pre-disaster Training and resources for homeowners to understand and reduce their risk, developing resilience before disasters strikes. 
  2. Post-disaster Step-by-step guides and checklists to help impacted homeowners make smart decisions in a stressful time, including how to apply for FEMA assistance and file an insurance claim, how to avoid contractor fraud, and conduct mold remediation without overpaying.

Pre-Disaster Resilience Training

DRRL works in vulnerable communities each year to provide resilience and risk mitigation training. This free training helps residents take key preparedness measures: identifying risks, creating a family emergency plan, protecting important documents, obtaining proper insurance coverage and the physical retrofitting of their homes. 

When homeowners fortify themselves against future disasters they and their community can recover from a potential disaster much sooner and with far less stress.

Training is currently underway in New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; San Antonio, TX; Bay County, FL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Harrison County, MS and Corpus Christi, TX.

Post-Disaster Recovery

After a disaster, residents need recovery to be as prompt and predictable as possible in order to limit the amount of time they’re made to suffer the effects of displacement.

SBP's post-disaster homeowner resources, available for download on this page, are designed to help impacted homeowners understand the best course of action and make smart decisions in a very difficult time. 

After disaster, SBP rebuilds for low-to-moderate income residents with a special focus on families with small children, the elderly, disabled persons, war veterans and the under- and uninsured. Nationally, SBP rebuilds a disaster impacted home in an average of 61 days at 40% the cost of market rate contractors by relying on AmeriCorps and volunteer labor. 

Our clients have one point of contact who work with them throughout the rebuilding process ensuring that they are well informed at every stage of their recovery. If you are located in an area where SBP has ongoing recovery efforts and are in need of rebuilding assistance, please see the dropdown menu to the right and submit an application. 

The clients below are just two examples of the more than 1,200 clients SBP has served since 2006. 

Pamela, a daycare center manager who saved up to purchase her first home by working as an accountant, fled New Orleans with her two-year old daughter just prior to Katrina. With her home destroyed, Pamela moved nine times around the country. Eager to rebuild and move back to New Orleans, Pamela turned her Road Home funds over to a contractor who fleeced her. Resolute in her desire to rebuild Pamela was able to secure new rebuilding funding but nearly gave up after the city required her to elevate her home and the permit expired during the process. It was then, that Pamela was able to find SBP who rebuilt her home for her and her daughter. 

Jesse and Linda lived in their Baton Rouge home for 40 years. These high school sweethearts wrote letters to each other every day while Jesse served with the Air Force in Vietnam. After he returned, they got married and had two kids - a son and a daughter. Jesse’s career following his services included time with Exxon Mobile, but complications from Agent Orange caused several health problems and his disabilities forced an early retirement. Following the August 2016 flood, Jesse and Linda lived in a trailer parked down the street in front of their son's property, sharing it with 13 other family members. With the help of more than 500 volunteers, SBP rebuilt their home within 60 days of the couple being accepted to SBP. Their home is now a refuge for the remainder of the family, who no longer have to pack into the trailer. 

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS: We created the Opportunity Housing Program to help low- to moderate-income residents become homeowners, and to help rehabilitate blighted properties.

NEW YORK RESIDENTS: You may be eligible to participate in Project Uplift, a pilot program in partnership with the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, which elevates homes to protect them from future storm-related damage. 

BATON ROUGE AREA RESIDENTS: You may be eligible to participate in a specialty rebuilding program. See link for qualifications and requirements.