Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Build It Back Newsletter

As NYC Build it Back is working hard to get New Yorkers back into safe and sustainable housing as quickly as possible, we want to provide you with some recent program highlights and updates.Email not displaying correctly?
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In this newsletter: 

  • Action Plan Public Hearings
  • Community Engagement Sessions
  • Build it Back Seeking General Contractors
  • Monthly Progress Report

Action Plan Public Hearings

The City of New York has completed a proposed amendment to its plan for the $3.22 billion in Federal disaster aid to help with recovery from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The Public Hearings regarding the proposed Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan Amendment 5 identified in the December 27, 2013 notice are now scheduled for the dates and locations listed below:

Monday, February 24, 2014 from 7-9pm
Sheepshead Bay High School
3000 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 7-9pm
Knights of Columbus
333 Beach 90th Street
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 7-9pm
New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306

Comments may be provided by telephone by dialing 311 or (212) NEW-YORK
(212-639-9675) from outside New York City. For more information on how people with disabilities can access and comment on the Action Plan Amendment, dial 311 or, using a TTY or Text Telephone, (212) 504-4115.

Written comments may be directed to:

Calvin Johnson
Assistant Director CDBG-DR, NYC Office of Management and Budget
255 Greenwich Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007

The comment period on the proposed Amendment 5 has been extended to March 2, 2014, at 11:59 PM (EST). Comments must be received no later than this time. The proposed Amendment 5 and commenting forms are available on nyc.gov/cdbg. Individuals will be able to read the amendment and comment in English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese (Simplified). The online materials will also be accessible for the visually impaired. Please call 311 or check nyc.gov for the most updated information.

Community Engagement Sessions

In January, Build it Back continued to give program updates to the public. We visited the Staten Island locations of New Dorp on the 27th and Mount Loretto on the 29th. We also partnered with the Hamilton Beach Civic Association in Queens on January 30th. At each engagement session, Build it Back gave a presentation about application priority, damage assessments, and more. Registrants also had the opportunity to speak with staff directly at breakout tables to ask about the status of their application.

Build it Back Seeking General Contractors

The Build it Back Multi-Family Program is looking for qualified General Contractors. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) have released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking General Contractors qualified to do federally funded work on multi-family buildings in New York City. Build it Back’s Multi-Family Program is establishing a list of qualified contractors, based on qualifications submitted through this RFQ process. The owners of the affected properties generally will be required to use a bidding process to select contractors. Please click here for more information and click here to see the RFQ.  

Monthly Progress Report

Each month, Build it Back complies a report that updates the public on its progress. The monthly progress report can be found on the homepage of thehousing recovery website and can also be accessed by clicking here

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