COH Partnering with IRUSA to Host Post Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Conference

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The Post Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Resources Conference is open to the public and is being held for residents and business owners impacted by Superstorm Sandy to hear from community leaders, public agencies and experts about the resources available to assist them with rebuilding and recovery.

The Coalition of Hope Foundation, Inc. (COH) is sponsoring the Post Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Resources Conference in partnership with the Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). The event is open to the public and is being held for residents and business owners impacted by Superstorm Sandy to hear from community leaders, public agencies and experts about the resources available to assist them with rebuilding and recovery, as well as the recently approved and funded City of New York’s Community Development Block Grants Action Plan. Agenda items include:

  • Building Resiliency for Future Disasters
  • Rebuilding, Safety, Health, Environmental and Housing Recovery
  • NYC Action Plan Community Development Block Grants (CDBG): Understanding the $600 million in short-term and $1.8 billion in long-term federal money designated for home repair and administered through NYC CDBG programs.
  • Rebuilding Community Beaches and Parks
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Program Updates

WHAT: COH Post Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Resources Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: MoMA PS1 VW DOME 2, Rockaway Beach between Beach 94th St. and Beach 95th St. at Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway, N.Y. 11693 OR virtually via Livestream at COHRelief.org and live audio teleconferencing at +1 (619) 550-0990

WHO: New York City Mayor’s Office, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NYC, FEMA and Microecologies Inc.

GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

-Marc Ricks, COO of the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency
-Christopher D'Andrea, Acting Director of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
-Bill Sothern, MS, CIH Certified Industrial Hygienist, CEO of Microecologies, Inc.
-David Rippon, LISC NYC Sandy Manager Neighborhood Revitalization
-Brad Gair, Director of City of New York/Mayor's Office Housing Recovery Operations

For more information about the conference, contact Tim Keegan via email at timothy.j.keegan(at)COHGlobal(dot)org.

About COH
Immediately following Superstorm Sandy, COH provided critical disaster-relief support to those affected in some of the hardest hit areas of Rockaway, N.Y. Additional COH initiatives to date to promote health and safety in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy include advocating and publicizing the need for professional mold abatement programs, providing the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with reports on ongoing efforts and conditions, and securing mold testing kits.

Established in 2005, COH is a US-based 501(c)(3), non-profit charitable organization that provides global humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support. COH has a proven track record in providing support for a broad range of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, and is actively involved on an on-going basis. COH has also provided support in the aftermath of disasters Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and has partnered with various international organizations.

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Tim Keegan
Coalition of Hope Foundation Inc.
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