Habitat for Humanity tackles storm repairs for SI and BK locals

Some 260 volunteers recently repaired 36 damaged homes, and plan to fix another 20 to 35

Hurricane Sandy damage on Staten Island
Hurricane Sandy damage on Staten Island

WEEKENDEDITION It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York. And now, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, some Staten Island and Brooklyn victims are finally able to repair their homes.

Habitat for Humanity New York City has renovated 36 storm-damaged houses in Staten Island and plans to repair another 20 to 35 in Coney Island, officials told the New York Daily News.

“We decided to move into Brooklyn because we saw that, for whatever reason, some folks weren’t getting the help they needed,” said Habitat’s real estate and construction director Olga Jobe.

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In recent weeks, more than 260 volunteers ripped out the ruined floors, replaced doors, rewired the electric and installed new appliances in the remodeled kitchen, according to the Daily News.

“It’s very gratifying to see that you actually get someone physically into their home,” Habitat’s Brooklyn construction manager, John Cruz said. [NYDN]Christopher Cameron