Remember all those Town Hall Meetings where we needed to be on the “Town Hazard Mitigation” group list, we were told make sure you sign up through Dale at the (wait for it) Highlands Solution Center. (Drink)
Well apparently a few things have changed with this type of grant;
Instead of applying as a group, individuals will have to apply as individuals directly through the state. Apparently there were issues after Irene and NJ is the only state where they won’t let the individual municipalities administer the grants.
What does this mean?
You have to fill out ANOTHER Application. (Or call 855 SANDYHM)
- Eligible applicants can receive reimbursement of up to $30,000 for elevations on existing homes.
- Must live in Monmouth County (or any other 100 year flood plain counties in NJ)
- The applicant may not be a recipient of funding from the Department of Community Affairs’ RREM program. (So if you are eligible for $150k you can’t get this)
- The property may not be targeted for acquisition under the HMGP acquisition program.
- Must of been primary residence at the time of Sandy. (This has changed, rental properties were under here before)
- No elevation work can be started.
- Any income level can apply
- Work can not commence without prior approval from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
- Home can not be in foreclosure
- Flood insurance has to be maintained for the life of the property. (I’m not sure how they can enforce that, 3 owners in the future but..)
Some examples of Eligible Elevation Costs
- Engineering services for design, structural feasibility analysis, and cost estimate preparation;
- Surveying, soil sampling, completion of elevation certificate, deed recordation fees, legal and or permitting fees, construction management;
- Disconnection of all utilities;
- Physical elevation of the structure and subsequent lowering and attachment of the structure onto a new foundation;
- Reconnecting of utilities and extending lines and pipes as necessary;
- Debris disposal and erosion control;
- Cost for repair of lawns, landscaping, sidewalks, and driveways if damaged by elevation activities;
- Elevation of existing decks, porches, or stairs;
The application closes on September 15, 2013.
NOTE TO APPLICANT:
The application asks for basic information about your damaged residence, and the assistance you have received to help repair your single-family home. Collecting this information before you sit down to fill out the application will help you complete the application faster.