Hurricane Sandy was more than a year ago, but in communities like Staten Island the damage remains. Staten Island had 23 residents die as a result of the storm which flooded 16% of the borough.
During a pre-Super Bowl service event hosted by Habitat for Humanity NYC, New York Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, South Street Seaport and Habitat NYC volunteers joined together on January 31 to rebuild homes that were damaged in the storm.
Habitat for Humanity NYC closes the gap on homelessness by building homes for families and individuals in need within the five boroughs. Neil Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat NYC commented on the storm’s impact as well as collaborating with the NFL and Aboushi, a Brooklyn, NY native.
“Tackling the affordable housing crisis in New York City is not easy. But collaborating with the NFL at this officially sanctioned Super Bowl event inspires us to press forward,” he said in a statement. “New York Jets player Oday Aboushi and volunteers from the South Street Seaport serve as great examples of community building as we work to restore after Superstorm Sandy.”
The South Street Seaport, owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation, had its own share of destruction as a result of Hurricane Sandy when the flooding negatively impacted the pier’s small businesses.
“Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the Howard Hughes Corporation’s mission. The South Street Seaport was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy, and it’s particularly meaningful for us to partner with Habitat for Humanity New York City to spend this weekend helping our community and the families who were affected by the storm,” said Phillip St. Pierre, General Manager, South Street Seaport.