Bladen County Emergency Services announces two additional opportunities for Hurricane Mathew grant funding


Bladen County Emergency Services has announced two additional opportunities for Hurricane Mathew grant funding.

Disaster Recovery Act 2017 and Community Development Block Grant 2017 are both disaster recovery programs. Bladen County households which meet the following guidelines may apply:

— All activities must be related to recovery efforts from the October, 2016 disaster in the following areas.

— All projects must benefit households with incomes that are below 80 percent of the median income for the jurisdiction.

Disaster Recovery Act 2017 and Community Development Block Grant 2017 funds are rehabilitation programs targeted toward low and moderate income owner occupied households, therefore all activities must benefit persons with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. Owner properties that are designated as real property, whether stick built, manufactured after 1978, or modular housing, may be rehabilitated in this program. Although rehabilitation is the primary objective for funding, if the county determines that rehabilitation is not feasible, then clearance and relocation is an option. The funding cap per activity is $50,000 per structure with the exception of manufactured homes.

1. Single-family homeowner rehabilitation

Funds may be used for assisting low and moderate income households with documented unmet needs as a result of the October, 2016 flood. Program costs are limited to $50,000 per structure with damages totaling less than 75 percent of its pre-disaster value.

2. Single-family homeowner housing reconstruction

Funds may be used for reconstructing a home on the existing lot for low and moderate income households. Costs are limited to $50,000 per structure to rebuild homes with damages totaling less than 75 percent of its pre-disaster value.

3. Mobile home repair

Funds may be used to repair mobile home units not exceeding $15,000 per applicant for homes with damages not totaling less than 51 percent of its pre-disaster value. Manufactured homes must have been converted into real property (according to G.S. 105-273 paragraph 13) that is owned and occupied by the homeowner prior to selection.

4. Rental property rehabilitation

Funds may be used for assisting low and moderate income small rental properties with documented unmet needs as a result of the October, 2016 flood. Small rental properties may be single-family, duplexes, triplex,es or multi-family units containing less than 10 units. Rehab costs are limited to $30,000 per structure. Owners must commit to rental rates that serve low/moderate families earning up to 80 percent of the median income for a five-year period.

5, Housing repair reimbursement

Funds may be used to reimburse eligible expenses up to $25,000 for out-of-pocket expenses to clean and repair homes following the disaster. All costs must be verified through receipts and other documents.

5. Temporary rental assistance

Program funds may be used to cover up to $10,000 per applicant for residents who have been unable to reenter their homes due to unrepaired damages or the need for replacement. If the work to be done on the home will displace the homeowner, the TRA funds will be utilized to provide temporary relocation.

6. Z Hood insurance assistance

Up to $2,000 per household may be used for a maximum of two years for low and moderate income homeowners who are located in a 100 year flood plain.

7. Infrastructure Improvements

Installation of public infrastructure that supports housing activities may include water and sewer connections to connect or hook up to existing public water and or sewer lines. Other infrastructure improvements may include drainage improvements and curb and gutter installation.

Bladen County Emergency services will take applications Sept. 11, 2017-Sept. 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bladen County Emergency Services office, located at 5853 U.S. 701 North, Elizabethtown N.C. 28337. Appointments may be made by calling 910-872-6761.

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