For coastal communities severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy and other disasters, recovery hasn’t been easy.

In particular, the rise of flood insurance premiums has added expenses and headaches for homeowners in high-risk flood zones.

A new $8 million program, funded by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) and led by the nonprofit Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN), is offering some assistance.

The Home Resiliency Audit program, which is free for homeowners, sends an engineer to individual homes to conduct an on-site inspection. The assessment tells homeowners how vulnerable their homes are to future storms.

(Original article in Brooklyn Downtown Star)