Middle looking for base flood elevation money

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – The township is applying for federal grant money to help property owners raise their homes that are below the base flood elevation.

The township’s application is due to Cape May County by Feb. 5, so homeowners that would like to be included in this program need to act quickly, according to an announcement by Mayor Dan Lockwood this week.

“We want to make sure that all homeowners have an opportunity to apply for this program,” Lockwood said in a press release. “We are concerned that many of the potentially eligible property owners are not year round residents and will not know about this potential grant opportunity. This program is not something the township has needed to apply for in the past, so this is a new process for our township.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program may provide between 50 percent to 75 percent of the cost to raise a home. The balance will be the obligation of the homeowner, not the township, according to a press release.

“You are eligible to apply for funding even if you received assistance under the FEMA National  Flood Insurance Program and funds received under the Increased Cost of Compliance program can be used as part of the required match. Work can not begin until FEMA has approved the project,” reads a statement from the township.

To qualify, the homeowner must raise their house to elevations shown on the advisory base flood elevation maps issued in December.

 “Please note that Middle Township’s submission on your behalf provides no guarantee that you project will be selected,” according to an announcement from the township.

Applicants should submit the following information to the township: name and address along with phone numbers; property address, lot and block; type of residence, such as primary or secondary, and was the property covered by flood insurance; brief description of damage; estimated cost of project; acknowledgement of being able to pay for the project before being reimbursed or if additional financial assistance is needed.

Information must be submitted no later than Monday, Feb. 4, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or mail to Middle Township, 33 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, 08210, Attention Jill Becker. 


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