Essex County property owners can be qualified for funding to aid with hurricane Ida recovery and improve their storm readiness.
Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding totaling $228 million have been given to New Jersey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist with housing recovery and damage mitigation.
Residents of Essex County can take an online survey to determine their eligibility.
Numerous municipalities in Essex County experienced severe storm damage and fatalities.
To get these federal monies, the state must follow a set of procedures. These include identifying the unmet requirements left over from Ida and identifying the worst storm-damage threats in each county.
In order to use the monies, the state must develop an action plan, which it intends to provide to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in September. The public will be able to view the draft plan and provide feedback starting in August, according to the state.
The following regions must get at least 80% of the HUD monies, according to the state: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset, and Union.
The other counties, including Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, and Warren, may get the remaining 20% of the funds.
Housing rehabilitation, planning, infrastructure, and economic development are all possible uses for these HUD funding.
According to a press release, the state will also draft an application to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program on behalf of certain houses to request money for elevation.
The survey will be available until the end of 2022. Email DisasterRecoveryandMitigation@dca.nj.gov if you have any questions or would like further information for the residents.