State grants 26 homeowners $30,000 grants to raise homes in Brigantine

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TRENTON - The Christie administration today announced approval of the first Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards to assist homeowners with the cost of elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The Department of Environmental Protection approved grants for 26 properties in Brigantine.

New Jersey has committed $100 million in hazard mitigation funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to elevate approximately 2,700 primary residential structures in the nine counties deemed most impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties.

Eligible recipients, who applied by the September deadline, can receive up to $30,000 for a broad range of work associated with home elevations, including engineering, construction, permits and utility work. The money is reimbursed after the work is completed. Homes must be deemed structurally sound to be eligible.

“As part of the State’s multifaceted approach to flood hazard risk reduction, these grants provide needed financial assistance to homeowners who are working to elevate their homes so they are protected against future storms and flooding,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. “In addition to moving people and property out of harm’s way, elevating homes will reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners by helping them comply with FEMA flood maps.”

Homes that are elevated must meet the state’s elevation standard, which is the best available FEMA flood elevation standard plus one foot of freeboard. Those receiving grants must agree to maintain flood insurance for their properties and comply with all National Flood Insurance Program rules. Federal Duplication of Benefits rules also apply to any grant awards under the HMGP Elevation Program. Applicants may not begin physical elevation construction prior to receiving authorization from the DEP.

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