Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the application period for the 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program is now open to primary homeowners directly impacted by historic Lake Ontario flooding from January 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.
Applications are due by October 31, 2019. Residents in an eight-county region may apply to receive up to $50,000 in state funding to help offset damages to their primary residences. The program has committed to evaluating secondary homeownership should funding still be available once primary homes have been addressed. Homeowners should apply by the October 31, 2019 deadline even if they are awaiting estimates, permits or other scope of work documentation. These materials are not required to be submitted at the time of initial application.
For further information, or to submit completed applications, please contact the not-for-profit organization administering the program for your county:
The Town of Lyme, Town Board will be holding Budget Work Sessions in preparation of the Town Budget for the year 2020. The meetings will take place on Monday October 14th, October 17th, and October 21st, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Municipal Offices located at 12175 NYS RT 12E, Chaumont, NY. Any other business that may come before the Board will follow.
BY THE ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD Town of Lyme Ariana Mattraw, Town Clerk 315-649-2788
Short Term Rental Committee The Town of Lyme Short Term Rental Committee will be meeting on Thursday November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Municipal Offices located at 12175 NYS RT 12E, Chaumont, NY. If you have any questions please contact the Town Clerk at 315-649-2788. Dated October 17, 2019 Town of Lyme Ariana Henderson, Town Clerk
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):
Dear Friend, Today, the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Commission, a task force designed to help rebuild Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline infrastructure—shared that applications for homeowners seeking flood relief funding will be available on or around October 1st. The Commission encourages those looking to apply for assistance to sign up for updates from New York State Homes and Community Renewal—the agency overseeing the program—by clicking here. If you are already making repairs to your shoreline property, I urge you to keep track of your related expenses. In addition, I wanted to remind you that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has also revised and extended the expiration date of the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery General Permit until September 30th, 2019. For more information on the General Permit, please click here. Over the last three years, I have seen firsthand the hardships caused by high waters and truly understand the critical importance of providing relief to property owners. I will continue to provide you with updates as I learn of them, and again, I urge you to sign up for application updates from the state by clicking here.