STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The deadline to apply for NYC Build it Back has been extended to Oct. 31, city officials announced Monday.
Registration for program, which will assist people in rebuilding homes destroyed by Sandy or finding other housing options, was slated to end Monday. As of then, more than 22,000 city residents have registered — including 5,000 on Staten Island, inching closer to the roughly 6,000 the city has estimated would be eligible here.
Citywide, 4,800 people registered in the last two weeks alone — part of a push that included canvassing door to door on Staten Island Saturday and handing out information on ferryboats earlier last week.
“With an influx of new registrants in the past two weeks, we are extending the deadline so that more New Yorkers have the opportunity to sign up for NYC Build it Back,” said Director Brad Gair.
Rev. Terry Troia, head of borough’s Long Term Recovery Organization, had called for an extension last week, saying many people were only now realizing they needed to sign up.
The program is funded with $648 million in federal disaster recovery funds, part of the initial $1.7 billion in relief money for the disaster. The city hopes to receive more money in the future to continue assisting more people — but they must register now.
The Oct. 31 deadline will come just days after the one year anniversary of the storm hitting.
Storm victims can register by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/builditback.