2013-10-04 / Community

Rockawayites Looking To Build It Back

By Miriam Rosenberg


Build It Back representatives work with residents at an open house on September 24th. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Build It Back representatives work with residents at an open house on September 24th. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Eleven months after Superstorm Sandy, Rockaway residents and business owners are still trying to put their lives back together. On September 24th, the city’s Build It Back hosted an open house at Challenge Prep Academy to help people register by the deadline at the end of this month. Also available were free legal services and housing counselors.

Andrea Williams, who lives on Beach 44th Street, had approximately six feet of water in the two-family house she owns. Rebuilding on the first floor is still going on and work on the roof hasn’t even begun.

“I’m still trying to get the roof done, but insurance is not helping me with that,” said Williams, who says she got no help from FEMA.

Business owner Paul Merin owns RBI, Rockaway Beach Inn, on Beach 88th Street. His business had six feet of water in it. He had approximately $40,000 in damages and got only a $5,000 grant from the city.

“We’re open, but I haven’t replaced all the equipment yet because there’s been very little help from anybody,” Merin told The Wave. “So I’m struggling and as I get more money I will replace equipment.”

Build It Back is a city program funded by more than $600 million in federal monies. The deadline for registration has been extended to October 31st.

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