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New York Rising Grant Opportunity for Flood-Impacted Homes & Businesses First Round Deadline Approaches

New York Rising Grant Opportunity for Flood-Impacted Homes & Businesses
First Round Deadline Approaches

Schoharie, NY-September 19, 2013. The New York Rising Recreate New York Smart Home Program was established to provide assistance to households who were affected by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Through this program Governor Cuomo has announced a grant opportunity for homeowners and business owners in disaster affected areas. If your home or property was damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee you may be qualified for this grant. If you have not applied for the grant all qualified persons are encouraged to apply by October 6, 2013. If you have already applied and received a notice, it is imperative that you respond in order to receive the grant. After completing the online application a case manager and home inspector will be assigned to the household to appropriate the grant money.

Homeowners with property types such as single-family residences, condominiums, garden apartments, mobile/manufactured homes, rental properties and co-ops have been made eligible for this grant. These homes affected will be eligible for repair and replacement of property, including but not limited to stoves, furnace systems, hot water systems, roofing, windows, drywall and insulation. For a comprehensive list of eligible property to be replaced visit the “Smart Home” fact sheet at: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/resources. These funds are in addition to FEMA and other assistance that the affected household has received.

Small businesses, which are defined as having 100 or fewer employees, may be eligible for the grant if the business suffered uncompensated losses as a direct result of either Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee in any of the following counties: Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and others.  For a complete listing of counties covered and more information of benefits provided, consult the “Small Business” fact sheet at the following website: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/resources.

This funding is in addition to the $12 million that has been earmarked for municipalities in Schoharie County to create locally-designed, long-term recovery and rebuilding plans; with $3 million each for the Town of Esperance, Village of Esperance, Village of Middleburgh, and Village of Schoharie. If you would like to hear more about the development of these plans, please attend a Public Engagement Meeting on Thursday, Saturday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Landis Arboretum Meeting House located at 174 Lape Road in Esperance, NY 12066.  More information about this funding is available here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/09102013-ny-rising-communities-reconstruction-schoharie

SALT (Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc.) has been active within the community in assisting individuals and families apply for grants. SALT’s case manager is available to assist affected households with this grant process as well as to help gather needed documentation.

For more information and to apply for the grant online visit: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/ or call 1-855-697-7263. For further assistance regarding the grant process SALT Inc. may be contacted at 518-702-5017.

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