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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

How do I get additional funding for repairing and/or elevating my existing home, if I believe the Program’s estimate did not include all necessary items?

Your design professional must prepare a Request for Scope of Work Change form/ 6100 to identify the additional material and labor required to complete the storm damaged repairs to local building code requirements.

What is Elevation Maximum Design Criteria?

The Program has established a maximum level of construction elements, material types, and finishes related to structural elevation design that is eligible for funding.  You may design and build a foundation that varies from these criteria, but the Program is only going to fund your design based on these criteria.

Why do I need a pre-elevation certificate?

When the Program did its original elevation estimate it was based on preliminary information, but State code requires a minimum height for elevation in order to meet current building codes; and Program policy is to fund elevation only to the height required by State code.  The pre-elevation certificate will provide the Program with the information necessary to align the Program Elevation Estimate with the building code height requirement.

What environmental hazards are covered by the Program?

The Program may provide funding to abate or remediate identified environmental hazards identified in a Lead Based Paint, Asbestos, or Radon (in counties where required) environmental inspections. All contractors performing the remediation of lead and asbestos must be certified as required by Federal or NY State guidelines.

What does closeout mean?

Closeout means that the essential work on the repair/reconstruction of your home is complete and that you are approaching the conclusion of your participation in the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program. If you are undertaking optional elevation and/or bulkhead work, you may still closeout your essential repair/reconstruction work while you complete these optional measures; they may be closed out at a later date.

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