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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Cuomo sets procedure for block grant money
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The Action Plan submitted by Governor Cuomo to the federal government in April will guide the allocation of the initial $1.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funding. Under the CRZ program, New York State will allocate federal planning grants approved by HUD to localities to develop comprehensive, innovative rebuilding plans – from the bottom up – that consider current damage, future threats, and the community’s economic opportunities. The amounts ultimately allocated to communities will be based on damage assessed by FEMA and the population and will be awarded for projects and activities approved by HUD once the community’s plan is complete and meets established criteria. For most communities, grants will range from $3 million to $25 million if approved. Eligible communities will be provided with initial planning grants to produce CRZ plans.

New York State Senate Co-Leader Dean G. Skelos said, “Today’s announcement is another important step in helping the thousands of families affected by Hurricane Sandy and other major storms rebuild their homes and reclaim their lives. I commend the Governor for his determination in ensuring that New Yorkers get the help they need and deserve, and thank Secretary Donovan and the administration for standing with New York as we continue to recover from these catastrophic storms.”

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Sandeep

I went down to the NYS Rising truck this weekend. Good News is NYS rising will cover non-reimbursed expenses for folks damaged by Sandy.

Bad news, all the applications folks filed, no one is even assigned to look at them. Guess what no funding yet for folks to review files and no case workers.

Ok folks so you are getting money. That is true. If you own the home and are current with taxes by the time grant money comes you are good. BTW that is several years from now. Remember Tropical Storm Lee before Irene where houses had a big mudslide up by Hunter mountain several years ago, well they are still waiting.

Then the list starts in "income" priority and runs till money runs out. Guess they need to take care of them first, then Lee and Irene folks next, then folks with no flood insurance then folks with flood insurance oh yea add in it also goes in application order, so if you have not yet applied you are back of line.

So bottom line go and apply, but unless you have direct storm damage you can prove was not reimbursed by FEMA or Flood and plan on live in house over 5 years good luck. Also If you did not have FEMA pay out over 31,900 or have a SBA appraisal for stuff not covered by flood it gets even harder.

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