Opinion: Legal and Financial Advice Must Be Part of Every Community’s Disaster Response Kit

After years of experience working with families in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, we have learned that successful disaster recovery depends on non-profit legal and housing assistance.

Op-Ed (New York)

Joseph Sant, William Fairhurst, Rudy Ulin
City Limits
February 15, 2019

Tags: Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: Center for NYC Neighborhoods


A new report on the City’s Hurricane Sandy recovery program, Build It Back, bolsters this idea.
Researchers at the City University of New York’s Center for Urban Research (CUNY CUR) found that free, high-quality legal and financial counseling, which the Center for NYC Neighborhoods oversaw, was a key factor in helping to retain participants in Build It Back who otherwise would not have completed the difficult recovery and reconstruction process.