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Programs to Support Sandy-Impacted Homeowners & Businesses

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As part of our Delegation’s continuing efforts to assist in the state’s recovery and rebuilding efforts, we want to advise you that the application deadline is approach for the two important Sandy-housing assistance programs: (1) The Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program and (2) the Homeowner Resettlement Program.

Included below is background information on these two important programs which residents are strongly encouraged to submit an application prior to July 1st. Residents can apply online at www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).

Also included below is background information on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs and the $460 million in grants that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) will administer to support storm-impacted businesses and communities. You can apply for assistance or get more information online at application.njeda.com/strongernjbusiness or by calling the EDA’s Sandy’s hotline 1-855-SANDY-BZ (1-855-726-3929).

As always, we stand ready to serve the residents of the 9th Legislative District.

Sincerely,
Senator Christopher J. Connors,
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf
Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove

“reNew Jersey Stronger” Housing Assistance Initiative

Marking a major step forward in the recovery from Super Storm Sandy, the Christie Administration last week launched the “reNew Jersey Stronger” housing assistance initiative that makes $780 million dollars in grants available to homeowners impacted by the storm. The grants are designed to encourage homeowners to resettle in their primary residences and help them reconstruct, rehabilitate, elevate and mitigate their homes.

Two Programs for You:

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) are encouraged to apply for both of the following grant programs:

Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program:

WHAT: 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.

WHY: The program is intended to fill the gap between the costs needed to repair the damaged 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.

WHO: The homeowner must have a household adjusted gross annual income of less than $250,000.

HOW: A RREM contractor will determine the amount of work that is required to repair the damaged home in order to meet required state and local housing quality standards. The RREM contractor will then select qualified builders to make the repairs and take responsibility for obtaining the necessary approvals for the construction.

Homeowner Resettlement Program:

WHAT: 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 primary home or resettle in the same county.

WHY: This program will help to restore home values and stabilize many devastated communities.

WHO: The homeowner must have sustained at least $8,000 in damages or more than one foot of flooding on the first floor to their residence as a result of Sandy.

HOW: Homeowners must agree to remain in the county of their damaged residence for three consecutive years following the grant award.

Taking the Next Step:

Making It Easy For Sandy-Impacted Homeowners To Apply:

  • Online at www.renewjerseystronger.org;
  • By phone at 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946);
  • In person at Sandy Housing Assistance Centers, which will open June 8th in each of the nine most-impacted counties. The locations of the Assistance Centers will be posted on the “renew Jersey Stronger” website;
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to submit an application prior to July 1st;
  • Applications that are received on or before June 30, 2013 will be processed electronically and subsequently prioritized focusing on factors such as degree of damage, income levels and counties that incurred the greatest impact from the storm;
  • Residents can apply after the July 1st deadline, however, those applications received during this first application period will be processed on a first-received, first-processed basis. Notwithstanding, priority will continue to be given to those homes with the most damage and to homeowners of low- to moderate-income.

Assisting The Most Vulnerable Individuals

  • Seventy percent or $420 million of the RREM funds will be reserved for low-to-moderate-income households in accordance with federal requirements;
  • Sixty percent or $108 million of the Resettlement funds will be reserved for low-to-moderate-income households in accordance with federal requirements;
  • 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 will be prioritized.

For more information and details on the RREM Program, please see the FAQ section on their website: http://renewjerseystronger.org/rrem/frequently-asked-questions-for-rrem/

For more information and details on the Resettlement Program, please see the FAQ section on their website: http://renewjerseystronger.org/resettlement/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-resettlement-program/

Stronger NJ Business Grant Program

In support of the State’s commitment to helping storm-impacted businesses recover and rebuild, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) launched the Stronger NJ Business Grant Program on May 1. Through the program, small businesses that sustained at least $5,000 in Sandy-related physical damage can apply for grants of up to $50,000. The EDA is currently taking applications for the grant program, has business advisors available to assist businesses with the applications process, and has already begun to award grants.

The EDA launched the program one day after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Action Plan, which paved the way for New Jersey to receive its initial $1.83 billion in federal funding to rebuild damaged housing, restore infrastructure, and stimulate business activity and job growth.

If your business was impacted by the storm, you are encouraged to apply for this funding. To help us spread the word about this critically important assistance, we ask that you please share this information with any business owner you know that sustained damage.

For more information on the grant program and to sign up for updates on the other Stronger NJ Business programs that will launch later this summer, visit application.njeda.com/strongernjbusiness or call EDA’s Sandy hotline at 1-855-SANDY-BZ (1-855-726-3929).

It is vital that we work together to rebuild New Jersey, and our goal is to ensure that every business in need knows that funding is available and help is just a phone call away. By stimulating the kind of commercial confidence that our communities need, we can strengthen local commercial zones and support the type of growth that will ensure our recovery and shape our economy well into the future.

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