After Sandy: Housing Recovery

Thursday, November 08, 2012

 Residents returning to destroyed home at Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy. Residents returning to destroyed homes at Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Eric Lipton, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the government effort to provide housing assistance for those displaced by Sandy. Then, WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez talks about local aid for the displaced. 



Eric Lipton and Cindy Rodriguez

Comments [18]

Jessie Graham from Brooklyn

Thanks so much Brian, Cindy and Eric, for addressing this critical issue.
I'd love to see/hear a strong investigative piece to look into why and how this happened? Why did so many NYCHA buildings lose power and why can't they get it back on?
What are the details of the damage and the inability of the city and Con Ed to resolve the outage?
Why/is NYCHA not equipped to deal with this and if not, should the city have called in the Feds to help earlier?
Is the damage to city housing projects just too severe?
I would really like to hear directly from the city and on this tomorrow...can you get a NYCHA official to come on?
I am really worried about the long term impact of this outage for people in city housing -- this is a public health issue, a poverty issue and a case of the city failing those who need the most help.
-- Jessie Graham

Nov. 08 2012 03:53 PM
doreendub from queens

Could Brian continue the point that was made by the caller saying the NYCHA inefficiencies are preventing those from public housing getting power back - possible another segment in another show to develop it further. And get someone from the Mayors office and NYCHA to answer to it. Sick and old people on high floors should be getting help - just as much as those whose houses flooded. Old people cannot go down many flights of stairs in the dark without help. Can the Red Cross go there also?!

Nov. 08 2012 11:17 AM
The Truth from Becky

Caller Mike, sounds like he is complaining about having to go out and get other peoples lights on again..who cares what your issues are you work for the power company, STOP COMPLAINING about your job! It ticks me off the same as when I am in the line and the cashier is complaining about her personal issues, I dont care..get the power back on dude!

Nov. 08 2012 10:55 AM

Leo from Queens ~

Ya got a point!

Nov. 08 2012 10:42 AM
Leo from Queens.

In answer to Andrejs from Brooklyn: Though yours is a good question, it assumes that Non-Citizens do not have a Social Security number.

People here illegally (came in illegally or came as tourists and overstayed) do not have a social Security Number.

People who are NON-Citizens and are here LEGALLY - either with a work visa or a permanent residence green Card DO HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER as they are able to work here legally. A green card holder has the same responsibilities and obligations as ANY US Citizen. The y have to pay taxes, serve in the military and so forth.. They don't enjoy many of the benefits such as voting and so forth, but they contribute and have the same responsibilities as citizens.. They should be entitled to help as well.

Nov. 08 2012 10:40 AM

Would be great if you could do a segment on assistance for imigrants and undocumented folks.

Nov. 08 2012 10:37 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Some agency needs to put together a "How To" document for housing, utility, sanitation, work, school and sustenance issues, with contact info, for hard copy distribution across affected areas.

Nov. 08 2012 10:35 AM
Leo from Queens

Pauline from Bayonne. .It's unfortunate, but what you are saying is accurate. FEMA is not there to cover the cost of replacing your property and providing temporary housing, food and replacement of personal belongings.

This is the big disconnect of people that want low taxes, hate big government and think the private sector is going to do everything, yet the private sector, in this case banks and insurance companies are there for their profits NOT to protect individuals..
Usually the people who complain the most about big government are the ones that expect the government to step in while these requirements that we rely on the private sector means nothing.. We pay for insurance and get nothing in return.
ALSO: FEMA will NOT be providing help for people's second homes or investment rental properties on the shore!.
We need to be careful that people that are doing very well with their own homes and have a second home on the shore should not be getting government help

Nov. 08 2012 10:35 AM
david from Park Slope

A little disappointed the guest's knowledge about housing options, rules, complications, etc... would have been great to have had someone from FEMA, someone from Red Cross, someone from at least a few of the local Volunteer organizations like Occupy Sandy or Red Hook Initiative, etc... I heard far too many "i'm not really sure about that" comments from the guests. Really disappointing given the need out there.

Nov. 08 2012 10:35 AM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

What do people do who would have a spare room, so a bit better than a couch to offer compatible people who need a temporary place. Is there any network for matching them with flood victims?

Nov. 08 2012 10:32 AM
tom from staten island

My parent's neighbor is a wealthy man. He has amazing cars. He has a successful small business. He did not purchase flood insurance. My parents are struggling. They did purchase flood insurance. Does that mean FEMA will give more assistance to my neighbor?

Nov. 08 2012 10:30 AM


Nov. 08 2012 10:29 AM
paulina from Bayonne

So if you're were flooded and you didn't have flood insurance, you will only get 35K maximum from FIMA and that would include assistance for living and re-building?

Nov. 08 2012 10:25 AM

How much MODERN, storm-resistant electrical grid does $2.5 BILLION campaign dollars buy?!?!

Nov. 08 2012 10:24 AM
Andrejs from Brooklyn

Are non-citizens eligible? FEMA asks for a ss#, do they not?

Nov. 08 2012 10:24 AM


On average, Con Ed customers paid 25.59 cents for a kilowatt hour of electricity in 2011. That’s a bit more than twice the national average price of 11.72 cents per kilowatt hour. The highest residential rates of any major utility in the 48 contiguous states. The only people who pay more live in Alaska, Hawaii, Fishers and Block Islands.


And, we STILL have an obsolete electric grid that is a hundred years old that fails with the slightest stress - winter, summer or storm.

Where the hell does the $$$ go???

Nov. 08 2012 10:21 AM
Leo from Queens

NYC and NY State is NOT making Public housing a priority to restore basic services.
The press is not pressuring the mayor and there is no accountability. They should have prepared considering that a majority of public housing in NYC is in undesirable and heavily polluted areas of the City.

THIS IS BY DESIGN and it started in 40's and 50's when there was an effort to segregate and push the poor and minorities to isolated areas of the City.

Nov. 08 2012 10:21 AM
jenly from manhattan

Please check your ConEd outage numbers--they are so upsetting to hear because they are clearly too low. I live in Peter Cooper Village and there are many buildings that still have no power. Each building has more than 100 apartments--so there are LOTS of people without power. However Peter Cooper counts as just one customer of Con Ed as we do not pay our electricity individually.

Nov. 08 2012 10:12 AM

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