Christie on home restructuring funds: ‘This is about being stronger for the future’

BRICK – Gov. Chris Christie this morning formally launched a $100 million home elevation program in the nine counties most mauled by Superstorm Sandy. 

The federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program enables applicants to receive reimbursement of up to $30,000 for elevations on existing single-family homes.

Christie said beginning today, eligible homeowners can apply for elevation grant assistance at www.renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).

“This program is a critical component of my Administration’s efforts to protect lives and property by making flood-prone areas of the state stronger and more resilient,” said Christie, standing in a beach area residential community. “Elevation will literally raise these houses out of harm’s way of potential flooding, and is an important step in preventing and mitigating damage from future storms.

“This particular program is about being stronger for the next time,” the governor added. “We will continue to work to get this money out to you. …We’re going to keep plugging away.”

The administration referred to the HMGP Elevation Program as a reimbursement grant program “designed to help homeowners with the elevation of their primary single-family residences to meet the requirements of the flood insurance risk maps in flood-prone communities. The program is limited to the Sandy-impacted communities of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. There are no income requirements for the program and FEMA registration is not required in order to apply.”

Homes targeted for buyout under the state’s HMGP acquisition program are not eligible to participate. Additionally, federal regulations restrict homeowners who have already begun elevation work from applying.

Christie on home restructuring funds: ‘This is about being stronger for the future’