Hurricane Sandy Update: November 20, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Update: November 20, 2012

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  • Nov 21, 2012
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Ewing, New Jersey, on October 30, 2012. Image by Flickr Creative Commons user Talk Radio News Service

HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE - November 20, 2012

Since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast three weeks ago, Architecture for Humanity has been on the ground, launching a major response campaign and is identifying long-term reconstruction projects. Read the latest updates below.

As we move forward in assessing the situation and formulating our response, we'll be capturing our activities in these weekly emails. We hope you enjoy reading these reports. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Audrey Galo at

Best Regards,
Architecture for Humanity





Restore the Shore

MTV and Architecture for Humanity hosted a successful one-hour telethon on November 15 to raise funds for the town of Seaside Heights. Join thousands of supporters and donate here.

According to city officials, an estimated 80-90% of all properties in Seaside Heights have sustained some type of damage, and the devasted boardwalk–the economic engine of the town.

Rebuild One Block

Help us rebuild one block and repair homes of first responders affected by Hurricane Sandy.  We will be providing direct "rapid construction grants" to vetted grassroots partners and focus on ground-up reconstruction.

Field Assessments

The New York Chapter conducted their first field orientation training last Wednesday, and teams visited Breezy Point, Coney Island, Sea Gate, Tottenville, and Hoboken to begin assessing needs and collecting stories about each community over the weekend. Additional training sessions and field assessment trips are scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving.

The assessments will be mapped and serve as a resource to community groups and non-profits that are involved in rebuilding efforts. Read News from the ground: New York Chapter Sandy Update for a summary of their findings.

Hurricane Sandy Team

Please join us in welcoming Tommy Stewart, who will be joining the Reconstruction and Resiliency team.  Tommy has spent most of his spare time since 2010 working with our office in Haiti, and will be volunteering for three months in New Jersey, working closely with the town of Seaside Heights. We're delighted to have him on a second tour of duty.

Read about our studio director Eric Cesal's stance on responding to disasters in his interview with the Daily Beast.


Read a letter from Jennifer Dunn, Managing Director, of the New York Chapter about the Chapter's recent activities.

Now is a great time to join a local chapter and get involved in disaster response. Want to be part of a New Jersey chapter? If you want to help establish the new chapter, please contact us at


We continue to receive a great number of volunteer responses. THANK YOU! We are collecting names and contact information and will reach out when needs arise. If you haven't yet, please complete the volunteer information form and we'll continue to send updates. 


Architecture for Humanity has been receiving a large amount of interest from those willing to donate their time, expertise, and products.  Thank you for reaching out to us and for your interest.  We are always interested in collaborating with like minded groups and look forward to hearing from you.



ReNew York // ReNew Jersey // Restore the Shore Architecture for Humanity provides design and construction services after disaster. We help rebuild and will be focused on disaster mitigation and technical assistance to under-served communities. Please read our post-Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Plan

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Get Services - If you are personally connected to a community or group affected by the storm and in need of professional rebuilding services, please follow this link.

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Donate - We are not going to be able to do this without support. Funds will go directly to support design and construction of local projects as well as mitigation work. Click here to support our work.

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Thank you in advance for your support.


*we are already undertaking rebuild and recovery work in Haiti and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will be managed by our Port au Prince regional office.

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