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Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)

Single Family Homeowner 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 to facilitate home repairs, rehabilitation, mitigation, and elevation for the owners of single-family homes, two-family owner occupied properties, and manufactured homes. Seeing up to 300,000 housing units damaged, the State– from the very onset– made strategic decisions to speed up the distribution of funds, empower individuals in their own recoveries and provide them with opportunities to incorporate optional resiliency measures. 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.

Additionally, Interim Mortgage Assistance (IMA) is available to qualifying applicants that are paying both temporary housing costs and mortgage payments as their home is being repaired. Information on other Housing Recovery programs, including the Rental Properties, Condominiums & Co-Operatives, and Buyout & Acquisition programs, can be found here.

UPDATES

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.

December 31, 2017 - In accordance with federal guidance, the Program will no longer provide IMA extension benefits after December 31, 2017.

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.

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.

December 2016 - 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.

March 2016 - The Single Family Homeowner 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.

April 2014 - The Single Family Homeowner Program has closed and is no longer available to new applicants.

PROGRAM DEADLINES

Single Family 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

Are mobile homes eligible for repair or replacement?

The Program will provide mobile/manufactured home owners with the funds to purchase a new manufactured home which must be located on a site outside of the 100 year floodplain.  The Manufactured Home Retailer/Installer Guide fact sheet describes the Program requirement for both the Applicant and the mobile/manufactured home retailer/installer.  If you have any questions or concerns please call the special Mobile Home Assistance Line at 844-212-9711.

What requirements must I meet before the Program releases funds to me?

Before the Program can release the first 50% payment of your Repair award to you, you must select a designer or contractor and provide their name and license number to the Program.  Your file must have also met certain basic eligibility criteria, including verification that you owned your home at the time of the storm; and a federally-required environmental review and approval of your project.  Applicants who have ONLY a Reimbursement award (with no prospective work to be done) need to provide ALL required documentation necessary for the Program to review and to close out their file, in order to receive payment.

How do you notify me that I have a check to be picked up?

The Program will contact you either by telephone, email, or U.S. mail.  If you have provided the Program an email address, then you will receive email notifications from [email protected], which will include an award calculation table and a Grant Agreement, that you can electronically sign and details the check amount to be picked up. If you do not have an email address, then the Program will mail the award calculation table and Grant Agreement to the mailing address you provided the Program at time of application.

Are there any restrictions on how I can use my reimbursement money?

The reimbursement funds are intended to repay you for repair costs you already incurred.

How do I get my award changed from a repair award (AA/ECR) to a reconstruction award?

The Program can convert your Repair Award to a Reconstruction Award if you either submit a Substantial Damage Letter (SDL) issued by the municipality dated prior to 02.20.14 with damages stated in excess of 80%, or an accepted Feasibility Analysis Report (FAR), prepared by your Design Professional. 

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