Christie announces grant program for raising homes flooded by Sandy

2,700 NJ homeowners getting money to raise houses

2,700 NJ homeowners getting money to raise houses (7/22/13)

BRICK TOWNSHIP - A new grant program could help thousands of Jersey Shore homeowners to elevate their houses.

Gov. Chris Christie announced the grant program Monday in a visit to a Brick Township neighborhood.

Homeowners can apply for up to $30,000 to help raise homes to meet the new flood standards.

Barbara Burke lives on Valencia Drive in Brick and had more than 5 feet of water in her house after Sandy. She says the announcement is exciting, but the money won't cover the $90,000 estimate she got to raise her home.

Homeowners who have already begun the work to elevate their homes are not eligible for the grants.

Other requirements include a stipulation that the home must be your primary residence and lived in before the storm, and within the 100-year flood plain.

Christie says there should be a second round of money coming in the fall for another round of grants.

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Sandy HMGP Grants

How To Apply For A HMGP Grant:

· The application period opens July 22, 2013 and closes on September 15, 2013. Homeowners can apply online, by phone or in person.

· In Person: Visit a Housing Recovery Center, located in each of the nine most-impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union);

· Method of application will not affect status or likelihood of selection. 

Online

Phone : 1-855-SANDYHM

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