GALVESTON — One of the primary contractors in the Hurricane Ike rebuilding and repair programs for the city and county is now part of a massive effort to repair homes in New York City that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Relying on the experience gained repairing and building homes in communities near Beaumont after Hurricane Rita and in Galveston County after Ike, DSW Homes is part of the effort that has repaired thousands of houses in New York.
“Word was the city was looking for builders across the nation who had experience after these disasters,” Steve Mataro, president of DSW Homes, said from the company’s temporary offices in Brooklyn. “We’re not bringing in a total remodel or rebuild like what we are doing in (Texas); we’re here to get people back in their homes and make those homes livable as quickly as possible.”
On Sunday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who calls the program “groundbreaking,” said more than 10,000 homes have been repaired through the city’s Rapid Repairs program. The effort is a collaboration between the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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