Deadline to apply for grant funding for home elevation arrives September 15th

(Cape May Court House)—Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood is encouraging township residents to pursue a grant funding opportunity that allows residents to elevate their primary homes. The special grant program enacted by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will expire on September 15th, 2013.

“We want to make sure that Middle Township residents know about this grant program and take this opportunity to elevate their homes to mitigate potential flooding during future storms”, Mayor Lockwood said. “The State would like to see more participation from Cape May County homeowners. This program is a perfect opportunity for residents who wish to take a proactive measure to reduce their risk of flood damage”.

Earlier this year, Governor Christie launched a $100 million grant program to assist homeowners with elevating their primary, single-family residences. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Elevation Program provides up to $30,000 of reimbursement for eligible property owners. This elevation will both lower the risk of flood damage and reduce flood insurance premiums. This grant program is financed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grant program is limited to homes located in the 100-year floodplain in nine counties that were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. Primary, single-family homes must have been owned and occupied by the owner at the time of Hurricane Sandy. Applications to the program will be prioritized by flooding risk and by the level of Sandy-related damage. There are no income requirements, registration with FEMA is not required, and homes that did not suffer any damage during Hurricane Sandy are eligible.

Interested Middle Township property owners have until Sunday, September 15th, 2013 to apply for a grant. Applications are being taken online at www.renewjerseystronger.org; by calling 1-855-SANDYHM; or in person at a Housing Recovery Center. Members of the public may learn more information about this grant program during an information meeting to be held on Monday, September 9th, at 6:00pm at the Lower Township Municipal Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, NJ.