If you are a New Jersey homeowner that had your home damaged during Hurricane Sandy last year, you may be eligible for some assistance beyond your residential insurance claim. Governor Christie recently announced a $100 million fund to help primary homeowners with the cost of elevating their homes that were damaged in last year's Super Storm.
This program is being administered by the state Department of Community Affairs and is part of the $20 billion in Sandy aid that was sent to New Jersey by the federal government. The goal is to help homeowners elevate their houses so they are protected from any potential flooding and to prevent damage from any future storms that may hit the Garden State.
Homeowners can be reimbursed up to $30,000 for elevation work performed on existing single-family homes to meet the new flood-map requirements. Anyone that has already started or completed elevation work on their house will not be eligible to receive grant money. People who are currently in the preparatory phases of elevation work will not necessarily be disqualified. Homeowners that have received grant money through New Jersey's Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation program are also not eligible.
This new program is called the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and there is no income qualification to receive grant money. Following a historical and environmental review, the property owner has to pay for the elevation work to be done and they will be reimbursed when it is completed.
If you think you may qualify, you can apply for the elevation grant assistance at www.renewjerseystronger.org or call 1-855-SANDYHM. You can also apply in person at one of the Housing Recovery Centers open in the nine most affected counties.