A Year Later, Homeowners’ Relief Centers To Offer Sandy Aid

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We’re coming up on the anniversary of storm Sandy but the government is not done handing out aid to hard-hit homeowners. On the contrary, the state is opening four relief centers Thursday, to deliver a new cache of $30 million in federal aid to Sandy victims and their neighbors.

The “Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Reconstruction intake centers” in East Haven, Fairfield, Milford and Norwalk will offer grants from $10,000 to $150,000 for repairs and for upgrades of damaged homes to gird against future storms.

Silver Sands Beach in Milford after Sandy. Michael McAndrews/The Hartford Courant

Silver Sands Beach in Milford after Sandy.
Michael McAndrews/The Hartford Courant

Money is available for residents of Fairfield, New London, New Haven, and Middlesex counties and the Mashantucket Pequot tribal area, the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a release.

The money is for costs that were not eligible and covered by flood insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other sources. It’s part of a $72 million Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development “to address the critical needs of residents, businesses, and communities affected by Sandy.”

Residents can also apply online. Click here for the link.

Separately, the state set aside $26 million for multifamily homes, which are also eligible for repair work.

Preference will be given to low- and moderate-income families, and for now, the money will cover repairs that have not been done yet, said Evonne Klein, the state Department of Housing commissioner.  The grants are open to homeowners seeking reimbursement for work that’s already been done but the department has not yet determined whether reimbursement money will be available, she said.

Following are the addresses. Centers are open weekdays starting Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.  Homeowners may call 1-866-272-1976 Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to make appointments or for information.

  • EAST HAVEN — 52 South End Rd. Unit A
  • FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terr.
  • MILFORD — Parson Government Center, 70 West River St.
  • NORWALK — Old fire department, 100 Fairfield Ave.

 

 

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