Far From Home: Nonprofits Assess Sandy Recovery and Disaster Preparedness

Far From Home: Nonprofits Assess Sandy Recovery and Disaster Preparedness

A year after Superstorm Sandy slammed coastal areas in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, displaced residents, small businesses, and nonprofits continue to struggle with unmet housing, financial, and other needs, a survey conducted by the Human Services Council of New York and the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College finds. Based on a survey of more than a hundred human services organizations — more than half of which suffered damage to their facilities — the report, Far From Home: Nonprofits Assess Sandy Recovery and Disaster Preparedness (16 pages, PDF), found that only 27.7 percent of respondents felt that the needs of even half the residents of communities they serve have been met; that nearly three-quarters of their clients required housing assistance; and that housing issues have impeded the organizations' ability to provide other essential services. Indeed, although only 20 percent of the surveyed organizations expect to be fully reimbursed for services provided to Sandy victims, many say their clients will need assistance for years to come, including crisis counseling, financial assistance, housing assistance, and assistance with insurance claims and settlements.

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