In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012, Sixth Street served as a relief hub for receiving emergency food, water, clothing and other supplies from numerous donors and distributing them to community residents. Over two thousand households received emergency assistance in the two weeks following the hurricane. Hundreds of volunteers recruited through our community network converged within the Community Center to help organize the distribution and preparation of emergency food and water packages for delivery to the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable households stranded in high rise New York City Housing Authority sites and elsewhere.
Sixth Street Community Center is an original member of LES Ready, the Lower East Side's long-term recovery group, which now consists of 40 formal members and participation from over 50 organizations and faith-based groups who were the direct responders to Hurricane Sandy. LES Ready meets at least once a month, and together with Sixth Street and other members is working on creating a community disaster plan, assessing potential relief center sites, and providing disaster-preparedness trainings.