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Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)

Rental Properties Program

INTRODUCTION

As a cornerstone of the State’s efforts to assist storm-impacted New Yorkers, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) operates the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program (the Program) to facilitate home repairs, rehabilitation, mitigation, and elevation for the owners of rental properties. The Rental Properties component of the Program provides funds for the repair of storm-damaged rental properties of all types and sizes, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Above all else, GOSR has recognized the extreme importance of getting families back in their homes, while simultaneously ensuring compliance with U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requirements.

In compliance with the Uniform Relocation Act (URA), the Program offers relocation assistance to tenants permanently or temporarily displaced by the impact of Superstorm Sandy. Further information on URA for tenants and landords can be found on the fact sheets linked here.

Information on other Housing Recovery programs, including the Single Family Housing, Condominiums & Co-Operatives, and Buyout & Acquisition programs, can be found here.

UPDATES

December 29, 2018 - The Program will extend Interim Mortgage Assistance deadlines outlined in the FINAL NOTICE OF DEADLINES to June 30, 2019. Only current applicants who are particularly vulnerable and who have not yet received their full 20-month IMA benefit will be eligible for this extension. Vulnerable populations include applicants with an approved demonstrable hardship for contractor fraud, senior citizens, disabled persons, low- and moderate-income households, and mandatory elevation cases. The Program will contact eligible applicants about the extension. If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the call center at 1-844-969-7474 or the IMA department at 516-341-0201.

May 18, 2018 - The Program will extend interim inspection deadlines outlined in the FINAL NOTICE OF DEADLINES for all Program activity to January 1, 2019. This extension includes interim inspection deadlines associated with Repair, Optional Elevation, and Optional Bulkhead, which are now extended from June 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019. In addition, this interim inspection deadline extension includes deadlines for Mandatory Elevation and Reconstruction from September 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

December 31, 2017 - The Program will no longer consider demonstrable hardship requests to reactivate an application OR for extensions to Program deadlines— including those advertised in the original NOTICE OF DEADLINES or FINAL NOTICE OF DEADLINES, as well as any others outlined in applicant-specific communication.

November 2017 - The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program has established comprehensive program deadlines for Housing applicants. The Program sent active applicants who have incomplete projects the FINAL NOTICE OF DEADLINES FOR YOUR FUNDING AND COMPLETION OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, which details Program deadlines and the resources that are available to retain funding, complete work and close out of the Program. If you are an active Program applicant, please review the notice sent to you, or refer to it via the link above.

February 2017 - The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program has established comprehensive program deadlines for Single Family Housing applicants. The Program sent active applicants with incomplete projects the NOTICE OF DEADLINES FOR YOUR FUNDING AND COMPLETION OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT which details program deadlines and resources available to finish incomplete projects within a year’s time. If you are an active program applicant, please review the notice sent to you or refer to it linked above.

December 19, 2016 - Applicants who have not yet received their first payment must now provide evidence of all costs incurred in order to receive their full award. The Program provided these applicants with a letter and fact sheet explaining that awards will no longer be based solely on cost estimation but reflect the actual costs outlined in contract documents. If you received your first payment after December 19, 2016, please review the letter sent to you or refer to the links provided above.

July 2016 - The Rental Properties Program has closed the opportunity for applicants to opt-in for all Optional Items (Bulkhead, Elevation, and Optional Mitigation).

November 2016 - Applicants must finish all Optional Mitigation work prior to final site visit.

February 2016 - The Rental Properties Program has closed and is no longer available to new applicants.

PROGRAM DEADLINES

 

Rental Properties Deadlines Chart

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UNIFORM RELOCATION ACT

To comply with the Uniform Relocation Act, NY Rising provides assistance to tenants required to leave damaged rental properties where NY Rising funded home repairs. If you are a rental tenant displaced from your home due to the impact of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Strom Lee, please review the NY Rising General Information Notice to Tenants. If you have further questions regarding your eligibility call 406-282-3019  or email [email protected]. If you are the owner of rental unit and receiving repairs funded by NY Rising, review the NY Rising General Information Notice to Landlords. If you have further questions regarding NY Rising’s relocation policy, please call 406-282-3019  or email [email protected]

 

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FAQs

Is there a limit to the number of units a building can have in order to be eligible for assistance?

No. However, buildings with 8 or more units will be subject to federal Davis-Bacon wage rates and compliance.

I already completed work on my property, but insurance and FEMA didn't cover the entire expense. May I apply for reimbursement?

Yes, if your construction contract was signed before October 29, 2013. However, please be aware that until June 30, 2014, we will be processing applications that either serve a LowModerate Income population or have storm-related repairs that are not yet complete. If neither of these apply to your property, you may still submit an application, however, non-LMI applications or applications for reimbursements will not be processed until July 1, 2014.

Construction is in progress on my rental property. Should I stop construction until I hear from NY Rising?

Construction should stop as of the date your application is submitted and should not recommence until the required environmental review is complete. NY Rising cannot provide assistance for any work completed between the date of submission of the application and the date the environmental review is completed.

My rental property is situated in a 100-year flood plain. May I receive assistance to elevate the structure?

If it is feasible to elevate and the structure is situated in a 100-year flood plain, you may be eligible to receive elevation and/or mitigation assistance. If the property received a substantial damage letter and is located in a 100-year flood plain, you must elevate the structure to be eligible to receive any type of program assistance.

What is “Davis Bacon”?

“Davis Bacon” is the federal wage structure and reporting system which is required for any construction contract that applies to 8 or more residential units. 

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