It’s Hurricane Season: Homeowners Need Flood Insurance Now

Hurricane season is here. And while the most devastating pain has been felt miles away in the Bahamas — with Hurricane Dorian’s powerful Category 5 storm winds of up to 185 miles that demolished communities, caused billions of dollars in damage, and killed dozens of people — we all know that the threat remains real […]

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Testimony before NYC Council regarding housing affordability and flood insurance – Dec 2017

Our Deputy Director for Housing Recovery, William Fairhurst, addresses the New York City Council on Recovery and Resiliency  on housing affordability and flood insurance. The testimony discusses the Center’s various services for homeowners in the floodplain. Fairhurst’s testimony also urges City Council to join the efforts in advocating for homeowners in the NFIP reauthorization process. […]

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Flood Insurance Is Hard. This Hurricane Site Can Help (Bloomberg)

When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast five years ago, it blindsided thousands of residents of New York City and beyond who didn’t figure their neighborhoods could flood for the simple reason that they never had before. The disaster highlighted twin challenges: raising basic awareness of flood risks and easing the process of preparing for potential threats […]

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New York Today: Do I Need Flood Insurance? (The New York Times)

Hurricane Jose weakened to a tropical storm this morning, but it could still bring rain during the morning commute and whip up strong winds during the day. New York City was spared a direct hit by Jose, but the storm flooded areas from New Jersey to Long Island. With more extreme weather events predicted for New York City and the […]

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Flood insurance should be affordable, advocates tell Congress

If you live in an area at risk of flooding, you are likely familiar with the National Flood Insurance Program, the federal program that provides the vast majority of flood insurance in the U.S. This year, the NFIP is up for renewal, which means that Congress will need to pass a law to sustain it. […]

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Free home elevation program in NYC could lower flood insurance costs

One of the few guaranteed methods for lowering increasingly expensive homeowner flood insurance is to elevate homes, but there is little public funding to help pay for the costly retrofits. But in a much-praised move, the State has announced a $7.5 million pilot program that will elevate homes owned by lower- and middle-income families in […]

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