New Jersey issues grants to raise 38 Atlantic County homes

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TRENTON – The Christie administration announced that 38 homeowners in Atlantic County have been approved for grants of up to $30,000 to raise homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Nine homeowners in Ventnor, three in Longport, one in Margate, eight in Atlantic City, one in Egg Harbor Township and 17 in Brigantine are eligible for up to $30,000 from the federal post-Sandy Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The money comes from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and will be reimbursed for a broad range of work associated with home elevations, including engineering, construction, permits and utility work. A first round of awards was approved last month for 26 homeowners in Brigantine.

“These grants provide important financial assistance to residents who are working to elevate their homes to provide protection against future storms and floods,” state DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. “In addition to moving people and property out of harm’s way, elevating homes will lower flood insurance premiums for homeowners by helping them comply with FEMA flood maps.”

A total of 109 grants were approved to assist homeowners in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against flooding and storms. The DEP approved projects for properties in 28 municipalities, bringing the total of approved post-Hurricane Sandy elevation grant awards to 135.

New Jersey has committed $100 million in hazard mitigation funds provided by FEMA to elevate approximately 2,700 primary residential structures in the nine counties deemed by HUD as most impacted by the hurricane – Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. The DEP has submitted more than 800 elevation applications to FEMA and expects more approvals in the near future.

A series of community meetings with grant recipients will be held this week or early next week to help guide them through the final steps of the process, officials said.

Other key Sandy recovery programs include the Blue Acres Acquisition Program, which is acquiring 1,300 properties in Sandy-impacted areas and other areas that have sustained repetitive flood losses. The DEP also is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to advance beach and dune construction projects along the state’s entire coastline aimed at reducing risk to life, property and infrastructure.

For more on Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey see www.state.nj.us/gorr/and www.state.nj.us/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/.

 

 


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