Homeowners in Oceanport, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and other shore towns will soon be receiving grants to raise their homes.
A release from Gov. Chris Christie's office states that 236 federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards will be distributed in the next few days to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms.
Close to 700 homeowners have received the elevation grants totaling approximately $21 million since the program began shortly after Hurricane Sandy.
“These grants will help families in many towns that were devastated by Sandy to elevate their homes and be much more resilient to future storms,’’ Christie said in a release. “We continue pressing hard to get the grants out as quickly as possible to make sure those families who are still recovering from Sandy get the help they need to be better protected in the future.’’
Under the HMGP Elevation Program, eligible homeowners can get up to $30,000 for engineering, construction, permits and utility work. The residents pay the costs up front and grant reimburses them for the work. The grants are only awarded to residents with homes that have been deemed structurally sound.
Over 1,200 grant applications have been submitted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and FEMA is expected to approve more of them soon.
Most homeowners who have applied are residents of Monmouth and Ocean County.
Little Silver, Long Branch and Ocean Township were also on the list of towns that will receive the home elevation grants.