New Storm Sandy funding available for homeowners

Connecticut is seeking applications from residents with unmet needs from Storm Sandy for its Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Program (OORR), which can provide assistance to rebuild and rehabilitate homes damaged in the storm.

The state Department of Housing has allocated $30 million in federal funding for the OORR Program to support efforts to rebuild and renovate homes while addressing needs to prepare for future storms.

Fairfield residents who have experienced uninsured or uncovered losses as a result of Storm Sandy may be eligible for funding through this new program. For applications, instructions, a fact sheet and program guide, visit ct.gov/ctrecovers/cwp

Assistance, ranging from $10,000 to $150,000, is available to replace and rehabilitate homes, implement mitigation measures, and make homes more resilient to future storm damage. Eligible expenses include those not covered by insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or any other sources of funding. Specific work that is eligible includes:

• Structural repair or replacement of damaged property;

• Cost effective energy measures and improvements needed to meet HUD Section 8 Existing Housing Quality Standards;

• Lead-based paint abatement, asbestos abatement, handicapped accessibility for special needs;

• Mitigation assistance to elevate homes and/or reduce the risk for future disasters; and

• Appliances — stoves and refrigerators are eligible items, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they are not present at the time of rehabilitation.

For assistance or to learn more about this program, residents may contact Fairfield’s Community and Economic Director Mark Barnhart at [email protected] or 203-256-3120 or U.S. Rep. Jim Himes’ emergency coordinator, Amy Lappos, at [email protected] or 866-453-0028.

“The town of Fairfield is here to assist our residents who are still dealing with the aftermath of Storm Sandy,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said. “I highly encourage our residents who still need assistance to apply for the OORR funding as soon as possible since applications are being handled on a first-come, first-served basis.”

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