BROOKLYN - The Brooklyn Recovery Fund met Thursday at Borough Hall to discuss how it has used $3.5 million to help Brooklyn residents struggling after Hurricane Sandy.

The nonprofit organization is run by a coalition that includes the Borough President's Office, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

The funds raised to date have been used to fund community organizations in the six neighborhoods hit the worst by Superstorm Sandy: Red Hook, Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

It has given grants to small businesses, rebuilt homes and provided emergency cash assistance to residents affected by the storm.

Many people in the hardest hit areas are still trying to rebuild one year later. For those whose homes need to be repaired, there is a "NYC Build it Back" program run by the city and paid for with Sandy aid. The deadline to register for the program is Oct. 31.