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FREE FEMA Residential Coastal Construction Class

May 28, 2013

FEMA Building Science, the FEMA New Jersey Field Office, the New Jersey DCA and Rutgers are offering a FREE course in Best Practices in Flood and Wind Mitigation for engineers, architects, contractors, builders and local officials. The course will be offered in three locations:

June 6, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Holiday Inn at Hasbrouck Heights
283 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

(201) 288-9600

June 20, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Ocean County Training Center
200 Volunteer Way, Waretown, NJ 08758

(609) 242-8450 

June 25, 2013 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Monmouth County Fire Academy
1027 Highway 33 East, Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 683-8857

To register for classes email: David.Pradell@fema.dhs.gov

For more detailed information go to: www.region2coastal.com

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Christie Administration Announces Launch of “reNew Jersey Stronger” Housing Assistance Initiative

May 28, 2013

$780 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Beginning May 24, 2013, eligible homeowners can now apply for grant assistance at www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).

The housing assistance programs comes less than a month after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Action Plan. The Action Plan details how the State will utilize $1,829,520,000 in federal funding to help homeowners, renters, businesses and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The reNew Jersey Stronger housing assistance initiative will utilize $780 million of the allocation.

Homeowners will be able to apply online and by phone starting today. They will also be able to apply in-person starting June 8 at Sandy Housing Assistance Centers which will be located in those counties most impacted by the storm. “Housing counselors both at the centers and over the phone can help applicants navigate the entire process by providing support and clear guidance,” said Richard E. Constable, III, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which will administer the distribution of CDBG Disaster Recovery funds for New Jersey.

Under the reNew Jersey Stronger housing initiative, homeowners whose primary residences were damaged by the storm in the nine most-impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union) may apply for two grant programs. Vacation homes, second homes and recreational vehicles or trailers are not eligible for the programs based on federal restrictions on the use of the funds.

  • Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program: This $600 million program will provide eligible homeowners up to $150,000 in grant funds to aid the reconstruction, rehabilitation, elevation and mitigation of damaged primary homes. The program is intended to fill the gap between the costs needed to repair the home and other sources of funds the homeowner has received to repair their home such as insurance payments or assistance from FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additionally, the program will help homeowners with the construction process by developing repair specifications, identifying qualified builders to do the construction work, and ensuring the quality of the work completed. Seventy percent of the funds will be reserved for low-to-moderate-income households in accordance with federal requirements.

All applicants under the RREM Program must have registered for assistance with FEMA and must have a household adjusted gross annual income of less than $250,000. Priority will be given to homes that are deemed “substantially damaged” (damages exceed 50% of a home’s assessed value) as a result of Sandy.

  • Homeowner Resettlement Program: This $180 million program is aimed at encouraging Sandy-impacted homeowners to remain in the nine counties that were most seriously affected by the storm. This program will provide $10,000 grants to eligible homeowners to encourage them to resettle in their existing home or resettle in the same county and in so doing will help to restore home values and stabilize many devastated communities. Homeowners must agree to remain in the county of their damaged residence for three consecutive years following the grant award. Sixty percent of the funds will be reserved for low-to-moderate-income households in accordance with federal requirements.

All applicants under the Resettlement Program must have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and must have sustained at least $8,000 in damages or more than one foot of flooding on the first floor as a result of Sandy. There is no formal deadline for accepting applications, there will be an initial application period that will run from May 24, 2013 to June 30, 2013. All completed RREM and Resettlement applications received by June 30 will then be in the first group to be processed. Once the application period closes, selection will prioritize those homeowners with the most damage (i.e., substantial, severe and major), whose homes are in the most impacted counties (i.e., Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean), and who are of low- to moderate-income.

In early July, applicants will be notified of their place on the list and whether they will receive an award out of HUD’s initial allocation of funding. Anyone who is not successful in getting an award will be placed on a waiting list pending a future allocation from HUD. An announcement on future allocations is expected in September.

Applications will continue to be accepted after June 30, 2013, but these applicants will be processed only after all the most impacted homeowners from the first group have been served.

For more information on the reNew Jersey Stronger housing assistance initiative, including details about the application process, determination of eligibility, and award calculation, visit www.renewjerseystronger.org or call the hotline number 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946). Locations and directions to the Sandy Housing Assistance Centers that are opening June 8 will be posted at www.renewjerseystronger.org as the information becomes available.

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FREE FEMA Residential Coastal Construction Class

May 19, 2013

 

FEMA Building Science, the FEMA New Jersey Field Office, the New Jersey DCA and Rutgers is offering a FREE course in Best Practices in Flood and Wind Mitigation for engineers, architects, contractors, builders and local officials. The course will be offered in three locations:

June 6, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Holiday Inn at Hasbrouck Heights
283 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

(201) 288-9600

 

June 20, 2013 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Ocean County Training Center
200 Volunteer Way, Waretown, NJ 08758

(609) 242-8450 

 

June 25, 2013 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Monmouth County Fire Academy
1027 Highway 33 East, Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 683-8857

 

To register for classes email: David.Pradell@fema.dhs.gov

For more detailed information go to: www.region2coastal.com

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Now Available: Stronger NJ Business Grant program

May 2, 2013

Now Available: Stronger NJ Business Grant program 

Source: New Jersey Builder’s Association

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is accepting applications for the Stronger NJ Business Grant program. This program provides up to $50,000 per impacted location and up to $250,000 per entity to eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations which sustained a minimum of $5,000 in physical damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Governor Chris Christie has tasked the NJEDA to administer $460 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to support the recovery of storm-impacted businesses. Of this total, $260 million will fund the Stronger NJ Business Grant program.

For more information regarding the Stronger NJ Business Grant program, including eligibility information and application instructions, please visit: http://application.njeda.com/strongernjbusinessgrant.

The NJEDA Office of Recovery Superstorm Sandy hotline is also open at 1-855-SANDY-BZ to answer any questions you may have regarding the program and application process.

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