NY Rising Housing Recovery Program

NY Rising Housing Recovery Program
Through the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program, the State aims to assist property owners who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. This comprehensive program assists single family homeowners, owners of rental properties, and individual owners of co-op and condo units– as well as Co-Op and Condo Associations applying for assistance related to the building's common elements. The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program addresses unmet housing recovery needs, including:

Homeowner Program:

The Homeowner Program provides grants to homeowners to reimburse them for work already performed, as well as to repair or reconstruct damaged homes. It also provides funds for resiliency measures including elevation, mitigation and bulkhead repair. In addition, displaced homeowners with further housing costs can apply to the Interim Mortgage Assistance (IMA) program for assistance paying their mortgage. The program closed to new applications April 11th 2014, except for FRANKLIN, HAMILTON, & TOMPKINS counties, where applications will be accepted for an additional six months.

Co-op/ Condo Owners and Associations:

The Co-Op and Condominium Recovery Program provides assistance for owner-occupied units that are being used as places of primary residence, either by the unit owner or by renters on a full-time, year-round basis. Condominium Associations and Co-Op Boards are also eligible to apply for storm-related damages to repair a building's common elements, such as lobbies, hallways and mechanical systems. Apply now, read the press release, or view the Co-Op and Condo Program FAQ.

Rental Properties Program:

The Rental Properties Program invites applications from owners of storm-damaged rental properties of all types and sizes that were offered for full-time, year-round lease at the time of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. These properties may include single-family homes, townhouses, apartment buildings, or any other legal dwelling. Apply now, read the press release or view the Rental Properties Program FAQ.

Buyouts and Acquisitions (link to FAQs):

The State's Buyout and Acquisition Initiative has offered hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase the homes of interested homeowners. Through this program, the State enables storm-impacted homeowners to have a fresh start on higher and safer ground, while taking steps to better protect communities from future storms. For more information on the Buyout Program in Staten Island, read the press release.

Apply for Housing Recovery Assistance now

Visit a Housing Recovery Intake Center near you for program details.

NY Rising Housing Recovery Program Eligibility:

  • You live in one of the counties designated a disaster area as a result of the named storm:
    • Superstorm Sandy: Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester
    • Hurricane Irene: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, and Westchester
    • Tropical Storm Lee: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schenectady, Schoharie, Tioga, Tompkins and Ulster
  • Your residential property was damaged as a direct result of one of these storms.
  • Your residential property is a municipally approved dwelling unit
  • You have unmet needs after accounting for all federal, state, local and/or private sources of disaster-related assistance, including, but not limited to, homeowners, and/or flood insurance proceeds.
  • Property types eligible for assistance:
    • Single-family residences
    • Condominiums
    • Garden Apartments
    • Co-operatives
    • Mobile/Manufactured Homes
    • Two Unit Owner-occupied Properties
    • Rental Properties
  • The property was occupied as a primary residence (whether owner-occupied or rental) at the time of one of the three storms.


Property owners will need to provide the following documents, at a minimum, along with their full and complete application for assistance. This information may be uploaded where identified in the online application OR may be submitted during a meeting with an assigned Customer Representative.

  • Proof of ownership of the disaster-damaged property (i.e. deed).
  • Documentation of household income.
  • Documentation of awards, offers of assistance, or payments to cover costs incurred from storm related damage National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), homeowners insurances or other sources including, but not limited to: FEMA, SBA, NYS HRRF, ESRF, or non-governmental sources such as personal loans or bank financing and denial of claims.


  • Apply Now
  • After completing and submitting an application, you will be contacted by a Customer Representative who will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process. They are specially trained to walk residents through all the eligibility requirements of the program, from registration and document collection and verification, to development of a scope of work and selection of a contractor, to finishing your project. Customer Representatives will work alongside property owners until all the work they are eligible for is completed.

For more information, read the Homeowner's Guidebook and the FAQs.

For additional resources and forms.

Additional Important Links:

Retroactively Acquiring Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy/Completion Certification Form