PNY’s 34th Annual Meeting: Share Your Thoughts On Community Resiliency!

We’re filled with great anticipation about our 34th Annual Meeting (#PNYMeet), where United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, New York State Director of Operations Howard Glaser, NYC Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky and moderator Melissa Harris-Perry from MSNBC will have a frank and informative discussion on how philanthropy and government can best work together to rebuild our local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Moderated breakout sessions before this keynote panel will also focus on topics related to rebuilding and resiliency.

We’re interested in hearing our members’ thoughts on what we should explore during the day’s proceedings and what you think are the most pressing aspects on which we, and our speakers, should be focused — especially if there are issues not covered in our breakout sessions you feel should be discussed more deeply.

Our first-hour breakout sessions will examine:

  • the various sources of Sandy recovery dollars and how and where those funds will be directed;
  • what human services are necessary in every community for them to be strong; and
  • what we can do to best prepare the most vulnerable populations — the elderly, people in public housing, daycare providers and others — when disaster strikes and they need us the most.

These topics will definitely carry through our conversations throughout the day.

But what aspects of these topics are the most important for us to consider? And what other areas of building resiliency effectively for the future would you like us to consider as we meet with our esteemed experts? How can we best use the intellectual capital that we’ll have on hand?

Please share your thoughts in the comments submission box below by Thursday, April 25.

We will use your thoughts as we prepare our moderator, Melissa Harris-Perry, to ensure the philanthropic community’s concerns are thoroughly explored.

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

6 Responses to “PNY’s 34th Annual Meeting: Share Your Thoughts On Community Resiliency!”


  1. 1 Anonymous April 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I live in Belle Harbor, and I was a victim of Sandy. I came across this story yesterday.

    http://www.ny1.com/content/180179/fema–building-a-sea-wall-would-change-home-elevation-requirements

    This is my house (on the left), and this was my car. This picture was taken several weeks after the storm tore our homes and neighborhoods apart. My car was actually parked in my neighbor’s garage before we evacuated on the afternoon of that horrible day. When the waves tore open the side of her house, and ripped through her garage, my car was washed out, and rode up the block on a wave. It came to rest on a neighbor’s front lawn, several houses away from mine. I understand from people who stayed during the storm that a few moments after my car came up the block, a 50-foot piece of the boardwalk followed, and landed on my car.

    I had to wait a long time for the boardwalk to be removed, so I could get my car off the neighbor’s property. It took us several weeks to clear the sand and debris from in front of my house, allowing us to push my broken little vintage Mazda Miata up the block to my driveway. Soon after, it was towed away to a car donation organization (as was my husband’s car – destroyed by the flooding in Howard Beach – where we hoped to find safety when we evacuated).

    We were able to return to our home in December, and I’d like to say that life is back to normal, that our beach is back, our streets are clear, our homes and businesses restored, etc., but sadly, that is not the case. The house attached to mine is still in the exact same condition as the day after the storm. My beautifully finished basement, front and side yards, and my beautifully landscaped back yards are still a disaster. We are trying to settle with the insurance companies and get assistance from our mortgage bank, but it’s a long process. FEMA could not help us because we had private homeowner’s and flood insurance. We have limited public transportation. We have no beach walls to hold back the sand that covers our cars, street and sidewalks when the wind blows across the beach. We worry when high-tide threatens, and the water comes within 20 feet of our homes.

    We feel forgotten.
    We feel betrayed.
    We don’t know where the aid went or is going.
    We don’t know what the future will bring.
    We are weary.

    Personally, we survived the storm, but I really don’t know if we will survive the aftermath.

  2. 2 Pat Jenny April 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The community development industry has built a productive relationship with the private real estate industry over the past two decades, thanks largely to federal policies including the low income tax credit and Community Reinvestment Act. Given, the experience with the Sustainable Communities Initiative, can you identify potential federal policies that would incent partnerships between community development and environmental organizations to address the complex mix of strategies now needed to make waterfront neighborhoods and communities in general more resilient in the face of stronger storms caused by climate change?

  3. 3 John McNally April 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2012 was intended to make the National Flood Insurance Policy more soluble. In many ways, it also forces the creation of more resilient and sustainably built communities and homes. That said, compliance with the Act -homes having to be built to FEMA standards (elevated) or face the alternative of exorbitantly high flood insurance costs – are likely to cause extreme hardships for residents and homeowners in the short and medium term and could, in effect, wipe out many low, medium and moderate income communities. Many in the tri-state area are beginning to grapple with this reality now (where a natural disaster recently struck), but the larger consequences – these regulations are going to apply to tens of millions of people living along America’s coasts – don’t seem to have been contemplated even by the Act’s authors. How do the federal, state and local governments plan on dealing with this?

  4. 4 Steve Foster April 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

    How are affected communities participating in decisions on how and where local, state and federal funds are directed? Are there efforts to assure that community voices are being heard in the decision making process?

    Is there a philanthropy sector/public sector partnership in development? Are local, state and federal agencies interested in collaboration on post-Sandy work? are there ways for philanthropy to leverage its limited dollars when working with larger government funding?

  5. 5 Thomas Helmick April 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    We know that communities with strong social networks established before a disruption are more resilient and able to self-organize their response to challenges. In order to foster these reciprocal social networks, communities need venues for social interaction. Local/urban foodways is a venue to foster social interaction not only within a community but to establish reciprocal networks and feedback loops between rural and urban communities. Farmers markets, CSAs and Community Gardens are all pathways that not only foster resilience, adaptive capacity and shared learning, they have the additional benefit of diversifying diets, economic streams and reestablishing rural-urban links. I hope you will consider ways to support local and urban food systems as effective and efficient investments into increasing food security, active and healthy lifestyles and the social networks needed for resilience.


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