New Jersey offers Pleasantville homeowners grants to elevate homes

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Homeowners have until Sept. 15 to apply for $30,000 in grants to pay for raising their homes to avoid the type of damage Superstorm Sandy caused along the east coast of the United States in 2012. Homeowners have until Sept. 15 to apply for $30,000 in grants to pay for raising their homes to avoid the type of damage Superstorm Sandy caused along the east coast of the United States in 2012.

PLEASANTVILLE — City residents have little time left to apply for a state grant that can offer them up to $30,000 toward the cost of elevating their home to meet new FEMA elevation guidelines.

The application deadline for The New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program is Sept. 15, according to a release issued by city officials.

Pleasantville residents can get the New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program offered through New Jersey’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding by going online to www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling (855) SANDYHM or (855) 726-3946.

The New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program offers up to $30,000 of reimbursement to homeowners to elevate their primary single-family residences.

The New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program is designed to help homeowners meet new FEMA elevation requirements. As a result, homeowners can avoid the harsh financial penalties of paying higher flood insurance premiums by keeping their home at its existing elevation level.

There are no income requirements to participate in the New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program.

However, the single-family residence must have been owned and occupied by the homeowner when Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey shoreline on Oct. 29, 2012.

The New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program is limited to homes located in the 100-year floodplain in the Sandy-impacted counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.

The application period closes for the New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program on Sept. 15 and FEMA registration is not required.

Homeowners can apply online, by phone or in person at a StateHousingRecoveryCenter. AtlanticCounty’s Center is located at 500 Scarborough Dr., Suite 101, EggHarborTownship.

Homeowners who accept the HMGP Elevation program assistance can use any elevation contractor registered in New Jersey that is qualified to do the work. The program provides for reimbursements once the work is complete and all necessary documents are submitted.

Pleasantville officials continue to pursue other FEMA funding on behalf of its residents.

All homeowners who wish to take advantage of the New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Elevation Program or other FEMA programs to elevate their home must obtain a current elevation certificate that shows how much elevation is required to be compliant.

Since obtaining an elevation certificate will take some time, homeowners are encouraged to start this process now, city officials said.


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