Connecticut Revises Rules To Allow Homeowners To Get Disaster Funding

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Gov. Dannel Malloy applauded the efforts of the Interagency Hazard Mitigation Committee to reallocate federal funds for homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Gov. Dannel Malloy applauded the efforts of the Interagency Hazard Mitigation Committee to reallocate federal funds for homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is applauding the decision of the Connecticut Interagency Hazard Mitigation Committee to revise the state’s allocation of federal Hazard Mitigation Funds.

Last month, Malloy directed the committee to reconvene to reassess its initial decision on the allocation of federal funding based on the immediate needs of homeowners attempting to reoccupy their homes after Super Storm Sandy and find alternative funding sources for the mitigation efforts.

"I am pleased that the committee reconsidered their initial decision and took into the account the immediate needs of homeowners,” Malloy said in a statement. “I appreciate the professionalism and dedication the members of the committee demonstrated during this process and further appreciate their willingness to review their initial decisions.”

The Committee’s revised decisions include:

  • Infrastructure projects will be submitted in priority order to FEMA for consideration with an initial total cap of $4 million federal cost share.
  • Acquisition projects will be submitted in priority order to FEMA for consideration with an initial total cap of $4.5 million federal cost share.
  • Elevation projects will be submitted to FEMA for consideration, with a $100,000 cap on the federal cost share per home.

Municipalities and homeowners, including those that have submitted applications to FEMA for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, are encouraged to continue to review alternate funding sources, including the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery grant program (CDBG-DR). Some municipalities can also access possible funding though Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP).

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