FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program
Hazard Mitigation has been taken over by the state.
This page will no longer be regularly updated and may contain stale information on the status of the project.
July 22, 2013
Elevating Homes To Protect From Future Storms
What New Jersey Homeowners Need To Know About The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Elevation Program In order to protect New Jersey communities from future storms, Governor Christie today launched a $100 million grant program to assist homeowners elevate their homes. Targeted at homes in the nine counties hardest hit by Sandy, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program provides up to $30,000 of reimbursement for eligible homeowners to elevate their primary single-family residences. Elevation will both lower the risk of flood damage and reduce flood insurance premiums. The program is being paid for by FEMA funds.
Please see the attached press release from the
Governor's office regarding HMGP elevations. All of the information
can also be accessed at www.renewjerseystronger.org
Important Notice to Homeowners Regarding FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program Assistance
February 5, 2013
Flood Hazard Mitigation Program
The Borough of Lavallette received notice from the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department – Office of Emergency Management that the deadline for submission of Lavallette’s Letter of Intent regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has been extended to March 22, 2013 for all Ocean County Municipalities. If you are interested in participating in the Hazard Mitigation Program please review the program information below and complete the online survey. Please include ALL of the required information and submit the survey form by March 18, 2013.
On Monday 1/7/12, Borough representatives attended a briefing session conducted by FEMA concerning the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program. The information shown below pertaining to this program is directly from the FEMA website. The Borough will be submitting a Letter of Intent to Ocean County by 2/8/13, as required by FEMA advising the County, State Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA, of the Borough’s intention to participate in the program. If homeowners wish to participate in the program, they are advised to complete the form on this web page and include ALL of the required information by 2/5/13. Once complete and accepted, the form will be automatically sent to the appropriate program managers. Prior to completing the form, homeowners need to be aware of the following:
- This is a “competitive” program and funds for the entire program will be limited to a statewide maximum amount which has not yet been determined. No criteria has been established thus far to determine funding priorities either. There is no individual maximum amount you can apply for; however, the reality is that funding will be limited for the program and it is likely that a large percentage of residents will not be able to receive funding once the funds run out statewide. In spite of that fact, we are urging all interested homeowners to apply.
- For homeowners considering raising their homes, FEMA has advised that, in order to qualify, you would have to raise your home to the base flood elevation (BFE) shown in the FEMA “Advisory” Base Flood Elevation maps issued in December of 2013, regardless of whether those elevations ultimately change or not if the maps are revised.
- Under the current FEMA guidelines, funds are NOT available for demolition/rebuilding of homes.
- Under the current FEMA guidelines, property owners are NOT eligible for reimbursement for work already performed. Approval must be granted in advance of any construction.
- Under the program guidelines, grants are limited to 75% and homeowners will be responsible for a 25% match. You are eligible to apply for funding even if you received assistance under the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program and funds received under the ICC program CAN be used as part of the required match.
- Assistance under this program is NOT limited to your primary residence.
- FEMA has not set a definitive timeframe for the program. All that is known thus far is that the Borough must submit a Letter of Intent by February 8, 2013, to the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management and that information will, in turn, be submitted to the State Office of Emergency Management for formal submittal to FEMA. Based on what we have been told, it is likely that it will be 6 months before funds are available. The Borough will update the schedule as it becomes known to us.
The information posted on this website comes directly from the FEMA website.
Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant
Programs fact sheet – This document provides information on
the different grant programs, eligibility, costs, and process for
The application period to file for Hazard Mitigation is now closed.