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Bladen County Emergency Services announces two additional opportunities for Hurricane Mathew grant funding

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Bladen County Emergency services will begin taking applications Monday, September 11, 2017 through Friday, September 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Bladen County Emergency Services Office located at 5853 US 701 North, Elizabethtown. Please call 910-862-6761 to schedule an appointment.

The Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 and the Community Development Block Grant 2017 are both disaster recovery programs that Bladen County residents meeting the following guidelines are eligible to apply to receive.

*All activities must be related to recovery efforts from the October 2016 disaster in the following areas:

*All projects must benefit households with incomes that are below 80% of the median income for the jurisdiction.

Disaster Recovery Act 2017 and Community Development Block Grant 2017 funds are rehabilitation programs targeted toward low and moderate income owner-occupied households, therefore all activities must benefit persons with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. Owner properties that are designated as real property whether stick built, manufactured after 1978 or modular housing may be rehabilitated in this program. Although rehabilitation is the primary objective for funding, if the county determines that rehabilitation is not feasible then clearance and relocation is an option. The funding cap per activity is $50,000 per structure with the exception of manufactured homes.

1.  Single-Family/Homeowner Rehabilitation
Funds may be used for assisting low and moderate income households with documented unmet needs as a result of the October 2016 flood. Program costs are limited to up to $50,000 per structure with damages totaling less than 75% of its pre-disaster value.

2. Single-Family Homeowner Housing Reconstruction
Funds may be used for reconstructing a home on the existing lot for low and moderate income households. Up to $50,000 per structure to rebuild homes with damages totaling less than 75% of its pre-disaster value.

3. Mobile Home Repair
Funds may be used to repair mobile home units not exceeding $15,000 per applicant for homes with damages not totaling less than 51% of its pre-disaster value. Manufactured homes must have been converted into real property (according to G.S. 105-273 paragraph 13) that is owned and occupied by the homeowner prior to selection.

4. Rental Properly Rehabilitation
Funds may be used for assisting low and moderate income Small Rental Properties with documented unmet needs as a result of the October, 2016 Flood. Small Rental Properties may be single-family, duplexes, triplexes or multi-family units containing less than 10 units. Rehab costs is limited to $30,000 per structure. Owner must commit to rental rates that serve low/moderate families earning up to 80% of the medlan income for a 5 year period.

5. Housing Repair Reimbursement

Funds may be used to reimburse eligible expenses up to $25,000 for out of pocket expenses to clean and repair homes following the disaster. All costs must be verified through receipts and other documents.

6. Temporary Rental Assistance

Program funds may be used to co\/er up to $10,000 per applicant to households who have been unable to reenter their homes due to unrepaired damages or the need for replacement. If the work to be done on the home will displace the homeowner, the TRA funds will be utilized to provide temporary relocation.

7. Flood Insurance Assistance

Up to $2,000 per household may be used for a maximum of two years for low and moderate income homeowners that are located in a 100 year flood plain.

8. Infrastructure Improvements

Installation of public infrastructure that supports housing activities may include water and sewer connections to connect or hook up to existing public water and or sewer lines. Other infrastructure improvements may include drainage improvements and curb and gutter installation.

For questions about the application process or to schedule an appointment please contact: Bladen County Emergency Services at 910-872-6761

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