4/4/2013 - Superstorm Sandy Recovery Grants
For additional information on these outlined programs, CGP&H, or other CDBG-DR funding programs, please contact Dave Gerkens, P.P., A.I.C.P., at dave@cgph.net, or 609-371-1937 ex. 23.

1. Neighborhood and Community Revitalization

This program is designed to support the long-term recovery of small businesses and communities by funding long-term economic revitalization priorities.

Eligible projects include public facility improvements; including but not limited to: streetscapes, lighting, sidewalks, other physical improvements to commercial areas, and other activities such as property acquisition, demolition, site preparation and infrastructure repair and installation.

Maximum Award: Up to $10,000,000

Eligible Applicants: Eligible entities will include municipalities, redevelopment agencies, businesses and nonprofits.

2. Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program

The RREM program will provide grant awards to eligible homeowners to restore their storm-damaged homes, including rehabilitation, reconstruction, elevation and/or other mitigation activities. The program will also provide reimbursement for eligible expenses incurred prior to the implementation of this program. The initial phase of the program will be allocated 70% for low and moderate income (LMI) households and 30% for higher income households. Program funds will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.

The program prioritizes homes with “substantial damage,” as determined by New Jersey floodplain managers, regardless of zone.

Maximum Award: $150,000 per home

Eligible Applicants: Homeowners whose primary residences sustained “substantial,” major and severe damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Eligibility Criteria:

· Home must have been owner-occupied at the time of the storm.
· Home must have served as primary residence.
· Home must have been in one of the nine most impacted and distressed counties.
· Homeowner must have been registered with FEMA.
· Homeowner must have a household adjusted gross annual income of less than $250,000.

3. Homeowner Resettlement Program

The Homeowner Resettlement Program was created to provide struggling homeowners with much-needed resources to resettle in their homes. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Initially, 60% of the funds are reserved for Low/Moderate Income families in accordance with HUD income guidelines.

Maximum Award: $10,000 per home

Eligible Applicants: Homeowners whose primary residence sustained major and severe damage from Superstorm Sandy. The residence must be located in one of the nine most impacted counties.

Eligibility Criteria:

· Homeowner must have owned and occupied the home at the time of the storm.
· Home must have served as primary residence.
· Home must have sustained a Full Verified Loss (FVL) of $8,000 or greater or more than one foot of flooding on the first floor (Determined by FEMA).
· Homeowner must also apply for the New Jersey Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program, another rehabilitation program, or otherwise take steps to repair or reconstruct their residence.