Nonprofit, NYCHA teach Superstorm Sandy victims how to rebuild

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A partnership between the nonprofit “Rebuilding Together NYC” and NYCHA is giving those still struggling from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

Funded by a $1.4 million federal grant, the partnership launched a six-week construction training program for NYCHA residents who were impacted by Sandy. Their budding skills will be put to work and developed by providing free home repairs for low-income New Yorkers.

News 12 Brooklyn is told that around 70 residents are enrolled in the program.

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“Sometimes when you keep trying and you keep getting turned away, you tend to say, 'OK, forget it,’” said Laura Boston, a Brooklyn resident who is enrolled in the program. “And I was to that point until I found this program. Now I look forward to learning what the construction field is about.”

News 12 is told that once participants complete the program, they receive a certificate and a $1,000 stipend to help them pay for entrance exams and union membership.

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