The sounds of power saws and hammers are now a memory for Staten Island homeowner Nick Randazzo as he prepares to clean construction dust out of his newly-repaired basement. The work has been done thanks to the Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Home Repair Program which was funded, in part, by the American Red Cross.
“Thank God for the Red Cross, the other organizations, and every person who came and stayed,” Randazzo said. “When you’re down and out, you really look for that help.”
The Red Cross partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and JPMorgan Chase to assist New Yorkers who may not be eligible for the City’s Build it Back program. The goal is to provide funding for a range of structural and non-structural repairs to 400-600 homes damaged by Sandy throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The program is managed by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
The Red Cross awarded nearly $2 million to LISC for the Home Repair Program and $5 million for a Mold Remediation Program.
Randazzo has lived in his New Dorp Beach, single-family home for more than 15 years. When Superstorm Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012, nine feet of water flooded his basement.
“Everything was gone,” Randazzo said. “From the boiler to the windows to doors. The damage was immense.”
Despite funding from government agencies, he wasn’t able to manage more than $100,000 in repair costs until receiving help from the Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Home Repair Program.
The Randazzo home has undergone mold remediation, new drywall and painting. Repairs like these would not have been possible without donations to the Red Cross and other organizations.
“What would I say to people who donated? They spent their money well and it’s being used wisely,” Randazzo said.
Homeowners affected by Sandy who feel they may qualify for this program can call Neighborhood Revitalization NYC at 212-455-9309 for more information.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.