9 tips for homeowners recovering from a hurricane

Soon after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York City nearly five years ago, we mobilized to respond to the needs of homeowners as they struggled to recover from flooding and damage to their houses. For many, recovery continues to this day. Homeowners and those of us who have worked alongside them have learned lessons […]

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Homeowner Hub evolves with the needs of New York’s communities

On any given day, staff members at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods field phone calls from across the state on everything from reverse mortgages to home repairs. They are the front-line staff of the Center who work at the Homeowner Hub, which has outgrown its roots as a “call center” over the past few years. […]

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Spared by Sandy, but Still Agonizing Over What Comes Next (The New York Times)

Though they live just a half-mile from the Paerdegat Basin in Brooklyn, George and Laura Fishman were spared the kind of damage that upended their neighbors’ lives during Hurricane Sandy. (There were not, for instance, fish in their basement.) But that posed a problem of its own. How, the Fishmans asked themselves, can we prepare for […]

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Reverse Mortgages

A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly known as a reverse mortgage, is a combination financial and actuarial product that allows the homeowner to borrow money with a mortgage that does not come due until the homeowner passes away, sells the property, or defaults on paying property charges (property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, water, etc.). If […]

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Rebuilding a life and home after Hurricane Sandy

Linda Gold’s husband died the night of Hurricane Sandy trying to save their home from the storm. “I had lost my husband and my house was in ruins,” she says. Even while facing unimaginable loss, Gold was about to begin a nightmarish journey to try to rebuild her home and her life. Gold, with her […]

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$8 MILLION RESILIENCY PROGRAM IN SEVEN SANDY-AFFECTED NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITIES LAUNCHES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2016 Contact: Cristian Salazar, 646-786-0898 or cristian.salazar@cnycn.org Innovative resiliency program for single- and multi-family property owners in Queens, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan will provide free home audits, counseling and elevation certificates; FloodHelpNY.org, reenvisioned by global design firm IDEO, to serve as resiliency website for all at-risk New York City homeowners […]

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“Coalition for Affordable Homes Releases Policy Platform” and other headlines from 2015

DSNews: Forces Join to Protect Borrowers from Foreclosure Relief Scams Press Release: AG Schneiderman Announces Innovative Partnership with Leading Statewide Media Associations to Protect New Yorkers from Foreclosure Rescue Scams Crain’s New York: Advocates’ $4 Billion Plan Urges Cuomo to Fund More Supportive and Senior Housing Rooflines: Some Forms of Displacement Are Beyond Criminal The Brooklyn Reader: Don’t […]

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Check Out Our Blog with 100 Resilient Cities

The Center recently had the pleasure of working with 100 Resilient Cities on a blog post on Rising Flood Insurance Rates. We were excited and honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with 100 Resilient Cities, an organization pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and dedicated to providing robust solutions for physical, social, and economic challenges […]

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“AG Launches Anti-Scam Web App for Mortgage Borrowers” and other headlines from 2014

The Yeshiva World News: Treyger Proposes Task Force to Help Houses of Worship and Non-Profits Recover from Sandy and Prepare for Next Major Storm Sheepshead Bites: Having Trouble Paying Your Bills? Avoid Foreclosure And Mortgage Rescue Scams With New Website New York Post: Attorney General’s new app alerts homeowners of foreclosure scams National Mortgage Professional Magazine: New York State AG […]

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