NJ to begin issuing post-Sandy homeowner grants

Money will soon begin to flow to homeowners who applied for two grants to help repair their Sandy-damaged homes, state officials said Tuesday.

Thousands of homeowners are expected to apply for the grants to help fix their homes.

Thousands of homeowners are expected to apply for the grants to help fix their homes. (6/12/13)

TOMS RIVER - Money will soon begin to flow to homeowners who applied for two grants to help repair their Sandy-damaged homes, state officials said Tuesday.

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 urged to apply for both of the following grant programs:

Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program: This $600 million program provides eligible homeowners up to $150,000 grants to help repair, elevate or rebuild their primary residences.

Homeowner Resettlement Program: This $180 million program is aimed at encouraging eligible homeowners to remain in the nine counties that were most seriously affected by the storm by providing $10,000 grants to encourage them to resettle in their existing primary home or resettle in the same county.

Homeowners are urged to apply before June 30. The state is expected to begin distributing the grants in July.

Sandy-impacted homeowners can apply for grant assistance at www.renewjerseystronger.org, by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946), or by visiting one of the Housing Recovery Centers that are now open in each of the nine counties most impacted by the storm. That list is available at: www.renewjerseystronger.org

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