A collaboration with the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), this panel of resident and community leaders will discuss strategies to support and cultivate resident leadership for a successful disaster response and recovery.
About Our Panel:
Reverend Terry Troia, Executive Director, Project Hospitality
In Staten Island, Hurricane Sandy impacted 75,651 residents, caused 23 deaths, and flooded 17% of the borough. Following this devastation, Reverend Troia has been a champion of relief and recovery efforts, spearheading efforts to shelter, feed, and support a range of critical needs for Staten Island’s most vulnerable residents. She currently serves as President of The Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Organization and is Executive Director of one of Staten Island’s oldest social service organizations, Project Hospitality.
Nancy Ortiz, Resident Tenant Association President, Vladeck Houses
The Vladeck Houses, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, include 24 six-story buildings with 1,760 apartments, all of which were left without heat and power following Superstorm Sandy. As the Resident Association president, Ortiz worked with local organizations and elected officials to assemble nearly 3,000 “Go Bags” for the entire Vladeck Houses community to ensure resident preparedness for future disasters. The Association continues to support emergency preparedness by hosting monthly meetings on a range of preparedness topics.
Theresa Davis, Ed Tyree, and Carrie Gadsen, Gowanus Houses Resident Association Board
The Gowanus Houses flooded during Superstorm Sandy, leaving 3,000 residents without power for over a week. As members of the Gowanus Houses Resident Association Board, Davis, Tyree, and Gadsen worked tirelessly to organize residents and volunteers to gather needed food and supplies, advocate on behalf of residents for the prompt restoration of power and heat, and help residents strengthen their emergency preparedness after the storm.
And other resident leaders to be announced!
For additional information, contact Ilana Novick at [email protected] or by phone 212.284.7214.