Rebuilding Public Housing Post-Disaster
You'll learn about:
Opportunities and challenges that public housing authorities face in the wake of a major disaster
Best practices and lessons learned from rebuilding public housing after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina
Roles and responsibilities of various government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the disaster-recovery effort
Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast in 2005, damaging 134,000 homes and displacing 400,000 people in the City of New Orleans alone. With over $100 billion in damage, Katrina was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy became the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history, causing more than $70 billion in destruction and damaging more than 100,000 homes on Long Island and more than 69,000 homes in New York City. In major disasters like Katrina and Sandy, the poorest and most vulnerable populations are often the hardest hit.
This session examines the impacts of Katrina and Sandy on public housing communities in New Orleans, New York City, and Long Island; it will also discuss the complex challenges and opportunities that come from working with low-income communities and public housing authorities in the wake of a disaster. It will focus on Enterprise Community Partners’ role in the successful redevelopment of the New Orleans Faubourg Lafitte community, the New York City Housing Authority’s innovative retrofit of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses, and the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s pilot project to relocate the Moxey A. Rigby Apartments in Freeport, NY.
, Enterprise Community Partners
, New Orleans
Confirmed SpeakerMichelle Whetten is vice president and Gulf Coast market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. She is based in New Orleans, where Enterprise has invested over $350 million in loans, grants and equity towards the production of over 10,000 affordable homes in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Michelle leads Enterprise’s work to create and support effective systems and tools for high quality affordable housing production, attract private-sector capital and strengthen the affordable housing industry. As part of this work, Michelle oversees Enterprise’s involvement in the award-winning transformation of the former Lafitte public housing complex in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood into a healthy mixed-income community. She also advises other areas affected by disaster on effective disaster recovery policy and program design. Prior to her assignment in the Gulf Coast, Michelle was deputy director for Enterprise’s New York office, where she led neighborhood initiatives and public policy efforts. Before joining Enterprise, Michelle managed the Prince George’s County, Md., office of the Neighborhood Design Center, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization. Michelle graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy analysis and planning, and received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois. Michelle serves on the Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. She is chair of the board of Reconcile New Orleans, and serves on the boards of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, Springboard to Opportunities, Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation and is past president of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers.
, THE BRONX
Confirmed SpeakerPaul Lozito is the Director of Housing Policy and Affordable Housing for the NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Paul originally joined GOSR as a program administrator for the Multifamily Programs. Prior to GOSR, Paul worked with various units of government and non-profits including the Urban Land Institute, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Paul is a former AmeriCorps member, and has served on the board of the NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association. He has a master’s degree in Planning from Hunter, and a bachelors in planning and public policy from Rutgers.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerVinny Riscica is a Senior Planner in Arup New York’s Integrated Planning team. His focus has a been on working with state and local governments to develop measurable and effective strategic plans in the area of climate change resilience, transportation safety and sustainability. As a Project Manager for the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, Vinny led the Freeport community and supported four surrounding communities in community planning and visioning, public engagement and project identification, culminating in the development of customized Community Reconstruction Plans. Arup's role in the Program was honored for an ACEC Engineering Excellence Gold Award in 2015. Vinny has a master's degree in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University and bachelor's degree in Urban Geography from Binghamton University.
, New York City Housing Authority
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJoy Sinderbrand is Vice President for Recovery and Resilience at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America. She is responsible for executing over $3 billion in disaster recovery funding and manages construction projects at 33 developments throughout New York City. Her office oversees repairs and restoration from damage due to Superstorm Sandy, as well as designing and implementing critical resilience measures that are first-of-their-kind investments in NYCHA properties. Prior to NYCHA, as Associate Vice President at Washington Square Partners, she worked with developers, non-profits, universities, unions, and government agencies to advance development projects and public-private partnerships in New York City. At the Port Authority of NY & NJ, she spearheaded complex capital projects to expand capacity at New York’s Penn Station, including Access to the Region’s Core and Moynihan Station. In addition, Joy’s background includes project management at the New York City Department of Transportation, budget analysis for the New York City Office of Management and Budget, and projects related to transportation and post-conflict service provision for United Nations agencies in Thailand and South Sudan. Joy is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University where she received a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Honors College.