Innovative Practices

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Provided a large grant to Enterprise Community Partners and Project Hospitality to address the housing-related needs of populations affected by Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy had created an immediate, widespread need for affordable temporary and permanent housing solutions and services for the homeless in the New York/tri-state area.


Foundation for Louisiana

Launched HousingNOLA, a visionary document that is the result of New Orleanians coming together. Produced in cooperation with many funding partners, HousingNOLA reflects upon housing in the past, analyzes the present state of housing, and recommends strategies for making better housing-policy decisions in the future. This Preliminary Report serves as a product of the research, community engagement, and discussions that have occurred through the HousingNOLA process.


Vermont Community Foundation

Established a special Mobile Home Fund addressing the numerous mobile home parks and affordable housing units that were severely damaged and uninhabitable, following Tropical Storm Irene. See IMPACT STORIES for additional information on this project.


Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

Funded a modular home demonstration project in Union Beach, NJ and the establishment of the Sandy Housing Recovery Resource Center, which offers a comprehensive approach to assisting homeowners including providing:

  • HUD Certified housing counselors help residents find viable and permanent housing solutions – repair, rebuild, relocate;
  • One-on-one counseling, group education and referral resources help homeowners manage the reconstruction/rebuilding process;
  • Educational seminars and workshops that inform residents about the different aspects of the construction process, financial literacy, home purchase process, foreclosure intervention, and consumer awareness topics such as contractor fraud and legal assistance;
  • Staff to assist homeowners with locating financial or volunteer assistance to help fulfill funding gaps impeding their recovery process, including local, state and federal grant opportunities, as well as referrals to other agencies and support services that can assist in their recovery.


Gap Funding Initiative (GFI)

Offered grants to help eligible homeowners cover the costs of home repairs incurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy. GFI is a $15 million grant program funded by the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and administered by New Jersey Community Capital, eligible homeowners must be approved for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) funds by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ reNEW Jersey Stronger program and still have an ‘unmet need’ to cover the cost of home repairs. GFI grants are intended to help bridge these financial gaps.

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

Served on the Case Management and Unmet Needs Committee, and directed their Foundation dollars strictly towards the long term rebuilding of homes to ensure survivors who lost their homes or had severe damage to their homes were able to rebuild and return home.


Enterprise Community Partners

Worked extensively with FEMA and multiple funding partners in response to disasters. A sampling of their disaster recovery work includes:

  • partnering with FEMA on an Alternative Housing Pilot Program to develop alternatives to the travel trailer for temporary disaster housing;
  • developing strategies with state and local government for rapid repairs;
  • helping state and local government design repair/compensation programs for owner occupied housing, multifamily rental housing and small-scale rental housing;
  • producing a housing recovery plan for the City of Tuscaloosa;
  • convening a cohort of multifamily property owners in NY post-Sandy to identify key resiliency measures to reduce impact of future disasters, such as moving boilers to rooftops, etc.
  • Conducting workshops for property owners on key components of a disaster plan and provided technical and financial support to long-term recovery committees to thoughtfully plan for ongoing rebuilding work long after the federal and philanthropic recovery resources are depleted.


Zurich, United Way, UPS, Dow Chemical, Toyota, Entergy, and Dorsett Brown Foundations

Supported St. Bernard Project, a national long-term disaster recovery organization whose mission is to ensure that communities at risk of, or impacted by, disasters have the resources to prepare and recover in the most prompt, efficient and predictable way possible. Through Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab (DRRL), SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model. From New Orleans to the East Coast, SBP serves disaster-impacted homeowners across the country and to date, have rebuilt over 800 homes nationwide.