Brooklyn Recovery Fund Awards $1.3 Million for Rebuilding, Repairs, and Mold Remediation in Homes and Small Businesses

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund today announced the recipient organizations of its Community Rebuilding Grant Program, which are receiving a total of $1,345,000 to support physical improvements to homes and buildings located in Brooklyn’s coastal communities severely affected by Superstorm Sandy. Funds will address mold removal and remediation; electrical and heating system repairs and replacement; and structural repairs to 1-6 family homes, nonprofit facilities, or buildings used by small businesses.

The Community Rebuilding Grants range from $120,000 to $225,000 and are exclusively awarded to nonprofit organizations with a history of effective housing and community development activity in Brooklyn, including but not limited to small home repair and rehabilitation, new home development, tenant and homeowner counseling, and mold remediation. Grants require partnerships with local service providers and nonprofits in the Brooklyn communities of Red Hook, Coney Island, Canarsie, Gerritsen Beach, and Sheepshead Bay.

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund, a joint effort of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, has awarded nearly $2 million to date and received more than $2.3 million in donations. The Brooklyn Recovery Fund continues to accept public support and will work with impacted residents and communities to tackle long-term challenges as they emerge.

Brooklyn Recovery Fund Community Rebuilding Grant Recipients:

- Coney Island

  • Alliance for Coney Island - $200,000 to the #ConeyRecovers coalition for a neighborhood-scale rebuilding program, with a preliminary focus on sinkholes and washouts not covered by insurance, and a residential reconstruction program for small multi-family buildings. Program will also offer grants to help owners of small homes and buildings with lost income and repairs. Partners St. Bernard's Project, Turner Construction, and Astella Development Corporation will help train residents and hire contractors to complete the repairs.

- Red Hook

  • Carroll Gardens Association - $120,000 for mold remediation and removal in 31 Red Hook townhouses; project will address physical repairs for 69 affordable housing units with 173 residents.
     
  • Fifth Avenue Committee - $225,000 to support the work of a full-time Housing Recovery Coordinator, who will work in partnership with the Red Hook Coalition (Good Shepherd Services, Red Hook Initiative, Added Value, ReStore Red Hook, and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation), Red Hook Volunteers, and Rebuilding Together to conduct a neighborhood-wide needs assessment, identify buildings in need of mold removal and remediation, manage contractors, assist homeowners, and ensure the overall success of the rebuilding efforts in Red Hook.

- Canarsie

  • Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, Inc. - $200,000 to the Canarsie Emergency Repairs Assistance Program, which will provide 50 grants and forgivable loans up to $10,000 to homeowners for emergency repairs needed for mold removal and remediation; electrical, boiler, and water heater replacement; and sheet rock installation. In addition, NHS will provide loans for up to $25,000 to qualified building owners. In partnership with the Canarsie Recovery Coalition, a group formed by Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman.

- Gerritsen Beach

  • Gerritsen Beach Cares - $200,000 to target 100 homes in Gerritsen Beach in need of mold removal and remediation, in partnership with NY Cares and professional mold remediation companies, as well as to provide support for the volunteer-run organization’s operational expenses including build-out of their recovery headquarters.
     
  • Rebuilding Together NYC - $200,000 to support the national organization’s rehabilitation and rebuilding work in Gerritsen Beach homes once mold remediation and removal has been completed. In partnership with Gerritsen Beach Cares and the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

- Sheepshead Bay

  • Asians American For Equality (AAFE) Community Development Fund - $200,000 for the Sheepshead Bay Sandy-Impacted Homeowner and Small Business Recovery Initiative. AAFE will work with the Kings Bay Y, Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn, and others to provide low-interest loans, targeted technical assistance, and one-on-one financial counseling to small businesses and homeowners.

“From Day 1, our strategy has been to deploy funds to the organizations working most effectively and collaboratively in Brooklyn’s hardest hit communities,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “As we shift from ‘rescue’ to recovery and rebuilding, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund continues to partner with these deeply connected groups to ensure that residents, businesses, and institutions are fully supported, and that our communities not just ‘bounce back’—they bounce forward. Our efforts will continue as long as they are needed.”

“Thanks to the generosity of caring Brooklynites, New Yorkers, and even those not directly impacted by Sandy, seven community organizations in Brooklyn are receiving much-needed support from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund,” added Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “From Coney Island, Red Hook and Canarsie to Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, these funds will cover repairs to damaged infrastructure and buildings used by nonprofits, homeowners and small businesses. The ongoing relief effort is a wonderful example of Brooklynites helping Brooklynites, and I couldn’t be more proud that my office—along with the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and founding contributors the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and Forest City Ratner—is providing such a critical lifeline to help Brooklyn rebuild, rebound, recover—and come back bigger and better than ever.”

“The Brooklyn Recovery Fund continues to help communities across Brooklyn affected by Sandy,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. ‘The Fund, thanks to our partners the Brooklyn Community Foundation and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, has been a success because of the generosity of Brooklynites. The Fund has helped many businesses throughout the borough in a record amount of time. In addition to grants handed out to Red Hook and Coney Island, the Fund has also helped residents and businesses in areas such as Canarsie, Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay. I want to commend the Brooklyn Recovery Fund for ensuring that all areas that suffered devastation as a result of the storm get assistance, particularly when it comes to issues such as rebuilding, removing mold and repairing damaged infrastructure.”

In reviewing and determining Brooklyn Recovery Fund grant awards, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has established partnerships with agencies and foundations to coordinate funding efforts and amplify the overall impact of recovery investment.

"We are pleased to be joining efforts with the Brooklyn Community Foundation to support recovery and rebuilding in Brooklyn neighborhoods heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Denise Scott, managing director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NYC. “LISC is providing capacity building grants to community development corporations, offering essential outreach and housing rehab services to struggling single family and small multi-family building owners to help them restore their homes. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, LLC, a subsidiary of LISC, is also providing mold treatment services to homeowners in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. LISC is partnering with the Brooklyn Recovery Fund to leverage our funding to have a maximum impact and to ensure that all low-income homeowners who need help receive it."

Previously, the Fund awarded 45 Emergency Fast Track Grants—up to $10,000 each—to address immediate post-Sandy relief needs throughout the borough, as well as two $100,000 Community-wide Collaborative Grants to establish the #ConeyRecovers Coalition and Red Hook Coalition to strategically coordinate humanitarian services and economic recovery activity as well as boost the capacity of neighborhood networks and strengthen the areas against future crises.

See the complete list of Brooklyn Recovery Fund grants at http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/brooklyn-recovery-fund/grants.

About the Brooklyn Recovery Fund
The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is a joint effort between the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to create a pooled fund to provide support to Brooklyn’s nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Fund has raised more than $2.2 million, with support from a broad spectrum of donors including founding contributions from the Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets, and Forest City Ratner Companies as well as other corporations, foundations, and hundreds of individual contributions. For more information, visit www.brooklynrecoveryfund.org.

About Brooklyn Community Foundation
Brooklyn Community Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking, and community service. Established in 2009 as the first and only charitable foundation for New York City’s largest borough, with the support of generous donors Brooklyn Community Foundation provides critical grants to hundreds of nonprofits working locally in the areas of education and youth achievement, arts and culture, community development, human services, and the environment. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.