Habitat for Humanity International is launching a multi-phase response to help communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy along the U.S. East Coast. This effort includes a range of services that will address both the short-term and long-term need for safe and decent housing.
“Hurricane Sandy had a devastating impact on many communities and neighborhoods throughout the Northeast,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “We are mobilizing our resources so that we can help as many families as possible in the near-term as winter approaches. But we also recognize that Habitat’s rebuilding and revitalization work in these communities will continue over the long term.”
According to FEMA, 95,000 people in New York and New Jersey are eligible for emergency housing assistance.
Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response team is currently assessing the damage to homes and entire communities throughout the affected areas. This is being done in coordination with local Habitat affiliates, other non-governmental organizations, and government agencies to determine the housing need and available resources at regional, state and national levels.
As part of its initial response effort, Habitat has begun to mobilize its local volunteers to help homeowners make repairs to houses that received damage from the storm and to help with community cleanup efforts.
Over the long-term, Habitat for Humanity will work to build, rehabilitate or repair affordable housing in partnership with low-income families impacted by the storm.
The Latin America and the Caribbean area where Habitat for Humanity works was also hit by the superstorm. Most damages were in Haiti. An initial assessment showed a number of 1250 impacted people in 12 locations. There are around 640 displaced people.
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