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NY1 For You: Nonprofit Offers Sandy Recovery Grants To Zone B Locals With Few Options

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As many homeowners in the city's low-lying Flood Zone A have found assistance to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, others in Zone B who were just as severely impacted say they haven't, and the nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush is working to change that. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

Homeowners in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn say they have felt the harsh impact of Hurricane Sandy but have received little assistance rebuilding in the aftermath.

"We still do need a whole lot more help around in this neighborhood," says Larry Williams, a homeowner in Canarsie.

The community-based nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush now wants to help those homeowners trying to rebuild.

"There's so much money spending but I have not seen or heard anyone discuss what type of assistance and flood abatement that is going to occur in Canarsie," says Albert Payne, a board member of NHS of East Flatbush.

So NHS has created The Hurricane Sandy Canarsie Project.

"What NHS does is we send in our construction management team. We take a look at the scope of work, look at what has to be done to decide if it's a fair estimate," Payne says. "Then, when the work starts, we will pay a percentage of completion and prior to the final payment being made, the homeowner, our construction management team will come in to make sure the customer is satisfied and the work is done properly."

The NHS' Canarsie Project currently has 20 grants of $10,000 each for those qualified on a first-come, first-served basis.

"You have to be the homeowner. Your water and taxes must be paid up. You must have insurance and we only work with licensed contractors," Payne says.

NHS has set up a center with space donated by Brooklyn Real Property where applicants can ask for assistance on Wednesday through Friday. For more information, call 1-718-469-4679.

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