Grant awards are calculated using the Program’s damage estimate minus any public or private assistance provided for rebuilding, otherwise known as Duplication of Benefits or DOB. The result of this calculation is referred to as Unmet Need. The Program separately calculates Unmet Need for Association common elements and each individual damaged living unit. Both calculations are subject to maximum award caps. Please consult the Program Guidebook for more information on the award calculation.
A minimum of two site inspections are required to receive a grant award. The Program must visually confirm the completion of all eligible repairs. As part of this inspection, the Program is also confirming the property is decent, safe, and sanitary for habitation. Any observed issues will need to be addressed by the Association and re-inspected prior to any grant award. The Program must also conduct an inspection to ensure there are no lead, asbestos, or radon hazards in the damaged areas of the property. If hazardous conditions are discovered, they must be remediated prior to grant close out, and a final inspection is required to confirm successful remediation. Please consult the Program Guidebook for more information on site inspection requirements.
The Program must be able to complete an environmental hazard inspection in every area of the property that had eligible repairs. It may require multiple appointments to be able to access all required areas. Also, the Program must ensure all observed hazards are remediated or repaired which can require multiple inspections. If the inspection completed previously did not fully capture the field information required by current Program policies, a new inspection is required.
The Program expects the Authorized Representative to facilitate the scheduling of all site inspections including arranging access to all damaged living units. The Authorized Representative or another Association representative should also accompany the inspector at all times in order to guide them through the property. If common areas are locked, the Authorized Representative or another Association representative must have keys to allow the inspector access. Unit owners or tenants should accompany the inspector through their unit.