November 3, 2016 – New York, NY
The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) today announced the selection of the 26 facilities and 19 service providers that will come together to form the NY Rising Community Center Program− a formalized network of resilient, community-run, neighborhood-based recovery centers that will serve New Yorkers in the case of future extreme weather events.
The effort, which was developed through GOSR’s bottom-up NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program, will provide qualified non-profit partners with the tools needed to serve New Yorkers in the aftermath of a storm. In doing so, it will enable local residents to access ongoing services and gather real-time information following the occurrence of an emergency.
Nazareth Housing is among the service providers selected for the program, a formal recognition of the organization’s role during Superstorm Sandy and its subsequent leadership in the field of disaster preparedness and resiliency in the Lower East Side.
“Our work at GOSR is based on Governor Cuomo’s belief that top-down solutions must be balanced by bottom-up strategies, understanding that local residents often know their communities best,” said Executive Director of GOSR, Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “The NY Rising Community Center Program underscores this approach, and will better serve New Yorkers in need following future weather events. We are incredibly grateful to our partners in this effort, who are helping us to apply lessons learned from recent storms and build back in a better and stronger way.”
Read the complete press release here.
NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in April 2013, the NYRCR Program seeks to empower storm-impacted communities throughout the State, and help them to develop recovery and resiliency plans that incorporate local assets and needs. Altogether, more than 600 participants serve on NYRCR Committees throughout the State, having proposed more than 700 projects with an aggregate cost of more than $1 billion. Each participating community was allotted between $3 million and $25 million to implement eligible projects that incorporate and capitalize on local needs, strengths, and challenges.
Established in June 2013, GOSR coordinates Statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NYRCR Program—as well as its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Infrastructure, and Rebuild By Design programs—GOSR invests more than $4 billion made available through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) CDBG-DR Program to better prepare New York for future extreme weather events.