In July, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved Connecticut's action plan for disbursing $71.82 million, through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program, to help residents, businesses and communities recover and rebuild after Storm Sandy. The state Department of Housing (DOH) has allocated $30 million in federal funding for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Program to support efforts to rebuild and renovate homes while also addressing needs to prepare for future storms.
Assistance ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 is available to replace and rehabilitate homes, implement mitigation measures, and to make homes more resilient to future storm damage. Eligible expenses are those not covered by insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or any other sources of funding. Specific work that is eligible includes:
· Structural repair or replacement of damaged property;
· Cost effective energy measures and improvements needed to meet HUD Section 8 Existing Housing Quality Standards;
· Lead-based paint abatement, asbestos abatement, handicapped accessibility for special needs;
· Mitigation assistance to elevate homes and/or reduce the risk for future disasters; and
· Appliances — stoves and refrigerators are eligible items but will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they are not present at the time of rehabilitation.
To access the application, details on how to apply for this funding and additional information on resources available for residents, businesses and municipalities following natural disasters and other emergencies, please visit the state's official CT Recovers website at http://ctrecovers.ct.gov.
The completed application form should be saved and emailed with all supporting documentation as a .pdf attachment in one message to firstname.lastname@example.org. After submitting, applicants will be contacted by a housing recovery specialist who will work with you throughout the construction process.