About NYC Build it Back

The NYC Build it Back program assists homeowners, landlords, and tenants in the five boroughs whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The program provides several construction options to help affected residents return to their homes, including repair, rebuild, reimbursement and acquisition.


Once a homeowner, renter or landlord has registered for Build it Back, the applicant completes an intake appointment and submits required documents with a Housing Recovery Specialist at a Build it Back Center. After all documents have been collected and reviewed, an inspector visits the affected property to assess existing damage and any repair work already completed. Next, Build it Back calculates the total eligible award and presents construction options to the applicant. When the applicant selects a path forward, work may begin.