NYCHA and the Hurricane: Public housing learns from Sandy What’s the plan for the next big storm?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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The wrenching experience of thousands of New York’s public housing residents following Hurricane Sandy revealed vulnerabilities of physical structures and human services. Volunteers, tenant associations, social service providers and NYCHA technicians all stepped in to do what they could through the worst of the aftermath. The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School presents a panel discussion that asks, What did we learn? What about next time? What will a carefully planned and managed disaster response look like in New York City’s low-lying, low-income neighborhoods?


John Rhea, chairman, New York City Housing Authority (NYHCA)
Wally Bazemore, Red Hook community organizer
Jennifer Jones Austin, executive director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology, NYU and New Yorker contributor
Constantine Kontokosta, founding director, NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment

Moderated by Andrew White, director of The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

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