New York State to fund nearly 60 projects to ensure protection from future flooding
Today, I received word that New York State will be providing nearly $88 million dollars for our region—Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties—to help shoreline communities that were severely damaged in the wake of this year’s record flooding.
In all, the funding of 57 different projects will help our region not only recover, but also make it more attractive to visitors and new businesses. In addition, a $15 million regional dredging plan will also help protect shorelines from rising water levels in the future.
While this is good news for our region, there is more.
The application process for homeowners to receive funding will officially be opened up to seasonal residents, with a pot of up to $8 million dollars going to ensure that even more people will receive the help they need. The details of the seasonal resident application process are expected soon and I will keep you informed of the details as soon as they become available.
In addition, our local businesses, many of which have suffered significant damage as a result of this flooding, will now be eligible for grants—up to $200,000 each—through a new funding avenue called the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program. This funding will help businesses pay for improvements that will protect them from future flooding or other weather events. You can learn more about this program, and sign up for notifications about it by clicking here.
To say that our shoreline communities and homeowners have been through a lot following the record flooding of 2017 and 2019 would be an understatement. I look forward to seeing how these important projects help our region, and our people, rebuild and come back stronger than ever.
Shoreline Management Workshop December 5th 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Lyme Free Library The Northeast Lake Ontario Shoreline Management Workshop is intended to educate shoreline property owners on best management practices for repairing and restoring shoreline erosion-related damage. The workshop presenters will discuss Great Lakes coastal processes and geology (New York Sea Grant), permitting (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) and NYS Coastal Consistency Review (New York State Department of State.)
NYS Homes and Community Renewal 2019 Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program
Governor Cuomo previously committed more than $100 million to rebuild communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline that were devastated by flooding in 2017. NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) administered the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program to assist with homeowner recovery efforts. The Governor has earmarked up to $20 million to expand the program to assist homeowners impacted by Lake Ontario flooding in 2019.
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2019 and ending at 4:00 pm October 31, 2019.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Homeowners can apply for assistance through a network of not-for-profit organizations responsible for administering the program in their local areas. Applications will be available beginning October 1, 2019 on each organization’s website. They will also be available for download from NYS Homes & Community Renewal’s website at https://hcr.ny.gov. Homeowners are encouraged to gather supporting documentation to prepare to apply. This may include evidence of ownership, photographs of damage and insurance information.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS READY?
Homeowners should submit applications even if they are awaiting supporting documentation. We understand that estimates and other documentation may not be immediately available. It is important to meet the October 31, 2019 deadline for submitting your application.
WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?
Homeowners who sustained damage to their primary residence may be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 to cover repair costs related to flood damage sustained in 2019. The amount of the grant will be based on the actual cost of repairs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT?
Homeowners residing in Cayuga, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties that sustained direct physical flood-related damage, or experienced significant shoreline damage that threatens the safety of the home or its infrastructure are eligible to apply. The program is open to all owners of primary residences. Applicants that seek to address damage caused to their residential structure will be prioritized for awards.
WHAT IS THE COVERAGE PERIOD FOR THE PROGRAM?
Eligible applicants must have incurred physical flood-related damage between January 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019.
I RECEIVED A GRANT FOR 2017 DAMAGE AND HAVE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE THIS YEAR. CAN I APPLY?
Homeowners who received grants under the 2017 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program may be eligible for a grant if additional damage was sustained in the 2019 coverage period. Applications will be available on October 1, 2019 and must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2019. Applications may be submitted in person to the local not-for-profit organization administering the program, no later than 4:00 pm on October 31, 2019.
NYS HCR Homeowner Funding
We have been advised that if a homeowner wants info about the $20M that’s been carved out of REDI to be administered by NYS HCR (Homes and Community Renewal), they should submit their contact info to NYS HCR to get updates and the application (when it becomes available):