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Eligibility requirements announced for state program on lake flood damage

Veronica Volk

Governor Andrew  Cuomo has announced eligibility requirements for the 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program that will help homeowners directly impacted by this year's Lake Ontario flooding.

First announced in early August,  the program will allocate up to $20 million to expand the home repair program assist homeowners affected by the flooding.

The program, which is administered through New York State Homes and Community Renewal, will provide residents in the impacted eight-county region up to $50,000 in state funding to help offset damages to their primary residences.

The homeowner application period will begin October 1 and will close October 31, 2019.

The program is in conjunction with  the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, through which the State is investing up to $300 million in projects identified by communities in partnership with a multi-agency State commission that will strengthen infrastructure along Lake Ontario's shoreline 

Applicants are eligible to receive funding for costs not covered by other sources, such as insurance, and include primary homeowners who reside in the eight counties associated with REDI - Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne - and meet these criteria:

-Homeowners who were impacted by flooding Jan. 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019 are entitled to apply for funding.

-Applications received between October 1, 2019 and October 31, 2019.

-Priority will be given to applications that address damage incurred to primary residences which sustained direct physical flood-related damage that threatens the safety of the home.

To sign up for updates and be notified when the application is available, visit HCR's website.