Resources for Households Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The City of New York has established the NYC Build it Back recovery program, employing federal disaster funding to assist households affected by Hurricane Sandy. Assistance is limited and households with the most damage and greatest financial need will be prioritized. For more information or to register, go to or or call 311.

For households that are ineligible for NYC Build it Back services, or if you are not a NYC resident, we have listed a number of options for you below--many of them for short term, temporary housing.  You will find a mix of both low/moderate income housing, as well as options for higher incomes.  

For long term housing, you can also search our regular database of no fee apartments. We have many more options on our main website, than you will find in the list below. However, the list on this page does include a number of landlords that have expressed a willingness to work with those displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

The information below has been generated in conjunction with the real estate industry, and government agencies. However, we are not a government associated website.

We will keep this list as up-to-date as possible, but keep in mind that short term apartments in the New York City area generally are hard to find, and the available apartments may rent quickly.

In all cases, you should contact the landlord or property manager listed for more detailed information on what temporary housing they have available for you. Please note that some of these apartments are only listed on this page, and cannot be found when searching the Urban Edge database. For best results, review this page, as well as conduct a search from our homepage.

Lastly, please tell them you heard about their apartments on Urban Edge. We wish you the best of luck, and hope that you and your family are able to get back into your apartments, or rebuild your home, as quickly as possible.

We will continue to update and add to this page as the landlords provide us with more information. All offers are subject to change without notice.

You can learn about how to donate, participate in a fundraiser, or volunteer your time on our special Sandy Charity Page.

Disaster Housing List for Sandy Victims

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Short Term Apartments  •  Permanent Housing  •  Sublets  •  Corporate Apartments
Individual Rooms & Roommates  •  Shelters & Other Assistance


Short Term Apartment Options:

Bella Realty (apartments in the Bronx and Yonkers)

Bella Realty has a number of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available. They are available for both long and short term. You will sign a 1 year lease, with an out clause to leave with 30-60 day notice. Credit check will be run, but the credit check fee will be waived for those displaced by Sandy.

  • 1 Bedrooms:  $1050+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1550+

Contact:  718-597-1575          Owner Email


Bridge Suites (located in Midtown East)

Fully furnished apartments, located in a walk-up building on the border of Midtown East and the Upper East Side. Minimum stay is 30 days, and availability is limited.

  • Studios:  $1900+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $3000+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $3900+

Contact:  212-221-8300 


Golden Realty (apartments in the East Village, Midtown East, and Upper East Side)

Golden Realty has a number of buildings on the east side. These are smaller, walk-up buildings. Many of the apartments are rent stabilized. Limited availability, short term leases available for an additional amount. No pets allowed in their buildings.
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $1900+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $2750+

Contact:  212-686-4262          Owner's Email


Jakobson Properties (apartments in FiDi, Lower East Side, East Village, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Upper West Side and Astoria)

Primarily walk-up buildings, with a few doorman/atttended lobby buildings. Some units are available furnished, many available unfurnished. Live/Work lofts also available. Lease terms vary.

  • Studios:  $1950 - $2200+
  • 1 bedrooms:  $2100 - $3300+
  • 2 bedrooms:  $2400 - $4500+
  • Lofts:  $2900 - $4500+

Contact:  866-692-3935 


LeFrak City (located in Corona, Queens)

Located in the heart of Corona, LeFrak City offers a wide variety of comfortable apartment homes.  Residents enjoy easy access to public transit, nearby Queens Center Mall, Rego Park Center and Citi Field. Section 8 accepted. Short term and long term leases.

  • Studios:  $1000+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $1275+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1575

Contact:  718-271-7600 


Progressive Management (apartments located in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan)

Progressive Management manages over 3000 well-maintained, affordable apartments throughout NYC. Income levels vary depending on family size. Special incentives on 1 and 2 year leases. Section 8 vouchers are welcome. Applications are available on their website. Some units available for short term, call for information.

  • Studios:  $768+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $875+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $968+
  • 3 Bedrooms:  $1237+
  • 4 Bedrooms:  $1385+
  • 5 Bedrooms:  $1527+

Contact:  516-277-9306


Tapestry (located in East Harlem)

Tapestry offers 24 hour concierge, lounge, roof deck, fitness enter, storage, garage, and is only a 3 minute walk to the 4,5, 6 trains.  Both furnished and unfurnished units are available.

  • 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms:  Pricing starts at $2650, call for details, exact pricing and length of lease varies by unit

Contact:  212-410-6505 


Wavecrest Gardens (located in Far Rockaway)

The beach and boardwalk are located just steps away from this rental complex. Short walk to shopping center with supermarket, pharmacy and more. Onsite playground, parking fitness center, laundry and more. Elevator building. Offering flexible lease terms.

  • Studios:  $870+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $1099+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1375+

Contact:  718-471-7800 


Various Brokers (located thoughout the city and tri-state area)

A good source of condos for rent, some with short term options. Because many condos for rent are owned by out-of-town investors, they let local brokers do the marketing.  While some owners will pay the broker fee, many will not.  

However, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, several brokers are advertising that they are willing to waive the broker fee to anyone who can show that they truly have lost their home in the storm.

You can find broker listings on their own websites, as well as websites such as Craigslist, StreetEasy, NY Times, etc. Also, if a New York broker is part of the statewide MLS, you can find a list of short term apartments on their website.


Permanent Housing Options:

Before signing a long term (1 year or longer) lease, please think through your decision. This is a big commitment, and it's not something you want to rush. If you will only be temporarily out of your home, signing a one year lease and hoping to get out of it later is not a good idea. If you think you're going to want/need to live there for less than a year, investigate your options with the landlord before signing the lease.

Ask in advance if the landlord will allow a sublet, and the rules on that--most likely you will be in charge of finding a suitable sublettor (and keep in mind you are still responsible for the rent if the sublettor doesn't pay). Or check to see if the landlord will give you an early termination clause, allowing you to end the lease early with proper notice. It is not normal for a landlord to include an early termination clause, but you may find some landlords willing to given the unique situation.

Also remember, all of the owners and property managers with apartments listed above under Short Term Apartments will also rent the units to you long term (e.g. 1 year leases). You can also do a search on Urban Edge, which has thousands of no fee apartments not on this page. Go to our Home Page to do a search.

In addition to the regular listings on Urban Edge, the owners and managers listed below have specifically indicated they are willing to work with Sandy victims on relocating to long term rental apartments (1 year):


Brodsky Organization (apartments located in Chelsea, West Village, Greenwich Village, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown West, Upper West Side, Upper East Side)

Variety of buildings and apartments, from walk-ups to luxury doorman buildings. Availability constantly changes, call for latest updates.

  • Studios:  $1750+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $2500+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $3800+

Contact:  212-863-3000 


Gemstone (apartments in Upper Manhattan)

They have a variety of buildings in Upper Manhattan. Some have elevators, some are walk-ups. Many classic pre-war apartment buildings. Most apartments are larger (2-4 bedrooms).

  • 1 Bedooms:  $1500+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1800+
  • 3 Bedrooms:  $2400+
  • 4 Bedrooms:  $3400+

Contact:  212-765-1511 ext. 28          Owner's Email


Genesis Realty Group (apartments throughout the Bronx)

They have over 100 buildings throughout the Bronx, with some also in Manhattan and Brooklyn).

  • 1 Bedrooms:  $1335+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1545+

Contact:  718-228-0020          Owner's Email


Honig Realty (apartments in Jamaica, Queens)

Several apartments available, located near 138th Place and Jamaica Avenue.  Near the E, J, Z and F trains, as well as the shuttle to JFK airport. Rent stabilized.

  • Studios:  $900+

Contact:  516-472-0004 (office)          Owner's Email


MHR Management (apartments located throughout Brooklyn)

Most of the apartments offered by MHR are income restricted (affordable housing). Income levels vary, depending on family size.  Please contact them for more information.

  • Studios:  $650+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $700+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1200+
  • 3 Bedrooms:  $1450+

Contact:  718-443-4766          Owner's Email


Samson Management (apartments located in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Westchester County, and Long Island)

Samson manages over 5000 units, and all but a few buildings are in the outerboroughs and suburbs. They have a variety of community and building types. 

  • Studios:  $950+
  • 1 Bedrooms:  $1200+
  • 2 Bedrooms:  $1400+
  • Most units (except in Manhattan) range from $950-$2000

Contact:  718-606-7852 


Sublet Options:

Subletting an apartment is also an option for many people.  Often you can find sublets that are below market value--though many are also offered at full price.  

Be very careful when subletting an apartment--make sure you view the apartment BEFORE you give them any money, and do the usual (e.g. Google their phone number, email address, etc. to see if anyone has reported a scam).

Also, if the price is too good to be true (e.g. you just found a fully furnished, large apartment in the West Village for $1500), it almost always is a scam. Unfortunately there are people out there who may try to take advantage of people who are quickly trying to find a place to live.

Websites with Sublet Apartment Listings:


Corporate/Furnished Apartments:

Corporate apartments, as they are known, are generally located in luxury rental buildings. Often they are offered not by the owner or property manager, but by another company that has rented the units, furnished them, etc. These carry a heavy price tag, and are generally looked at as alternatives to hotels for people in NYC on an extended basis.  Please note that the minimum stay for all of these apartments is 1 month.

Typical Manhattan prices for Corporate Apartments are $4100 - $5500+ for studios, $4800 - $6300+ for one bedrooms and $8250 - $9400+ for two bedrooms. Larger apartments are sometimes also available. Apartments in New Jersey and Connecticut are generally less expensive (though not inexpensive).

Companies offering corporate apartments in NYC:

In addtion, there are several apartment hotels in the city, offering similar options:

Websites that list vacation properties (some similar to corporate apartments, some more limited in availability):


Individual Rooms for Rent & Roommates:

Airbnb (rooms around the city)

These are not (usually) full apartments, but if you just need a room to crash at for a few days or weeks while your building is repaired, you might find something on this site. Kind-hearted New Yorkers that are offering temporary housing to displaced Sandy victims post their information here. You get to stay for FREE... but, the tradeoff in many cases is that you will be rooming temporarily with a stranger. Still, for some people this could be a huge help.

Visit the Airbnb Hurricane Sandy page.

You may also find a room for rent, or a temporary roommate, on these websites:

We advise you to be careful when choosing a roommate, even a temporary one. And, keep in mind that there are some people who may be out to take advantage of people who are desperately trying to find a place. Don't hand over any money until you've been able to view the place you will be living.


Shelters & Other Assistance:

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