Thursday, March 7, 2013
Furman Center report on Housing & Superstorm Sandy
The NYU Furman Center has issued a timely report called Sandy's Effects on Housing in New York City. From the announcement by Vicki Been and Ingrid Gould Ellen:
We are pleased to share with you our latest fact brief: Sandy's Effects on Housing in New York City (PDF) Our report is the first independent, comprehensive analysis of the Superstorm's impact on housing in New York City.
The study revealed some surprising insights into the impacts of the Superstorm Sandy. It found that low-income renters were disproportionately impacted by the storm's surge; over half of the victims were renters, 61 percent of whom make less than $60,000 per year, instead of middle-class homeowners. It also exposed the age of the housing stock affected by the surge; 82% of the properties hit by Sandy were built before 1980, before the latest flood maps and building standards were established.
The report also summarizes newly available information about the characteristics of properties in the area in New York City flooded by Sandy's storm surge, as well as demographic characteristics of households that have registered to receive assistance from FEMA. The study was released in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, who provided a similar analysis on Long Island and New Jersey.
The press release (PDF) and report (PDF) are now available online.
Lots of interesting maps and data in this report, which should be of interest to anyone researching law, land, housing, and disaster planning