The Borough of Avalon will be making an application through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for a grant to qualified property owners who wish to elevate their homes or implement a mitigation project that would reduce property damage from future disasters.

Residents whose homes are located in areas prone to flooding are advised to consider this funding opportunity.  Please understand that this is a reimbursement grant program;  should funds be made available, the property owner will be responsible for hiring and paying their contractor in full, and for providing a receipt to the Borough of Avalon for reimbursement submission.

There is no guarantee of funds being awarded.  If funds are awarded, the homeowner will be responsible for 25% of the costs associated with elevating the home/implementing mitigation; FEMA will only provide funding for 75% of all costs.  Grant funding would be made available only to property owners who have not started the process of rebuilding or raising their homes and/or any new construction.

FEMA has released its Advisory Base Flood Elevation Map for the Borough of Avalon and other coastal communities.  You may visit www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table to assist you in determining what advisory flood zone you property is located in.

If you would like to participate in this FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, please provide the following information in letter form no later than Monday, March 11th, 2013:

 1)      Name of owner (must be yourself)

2)      Address of property to be considered

3)      Block and lot of property to be considered

4)      Your personal contact information (phone number/email)

5)      Provide a description of your elevation/mitigation project

6)      Provide the estimated cost of your elevation/mitigation project

Shall your proposed migration project be accepted by both the county of Cape May and the State of New Jersey, final applications will be made to FEMA in October, 2013.  It is anticipated that any awarded grant funding would be available no sooner than late spring, 2014.

Please provide this information to Jennifer Dowe, Secretary of the Avalon Planning/Zoning Board in person at the Avalon Tax Assessor’s Office located inside Avalon Borough Hall, 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, New Jersey weekdays between the hours of 8:15am-4:15pm.  Or you may email your information to jdowe@avalonboro.org.  If you have any questions, please call Ms. Dowe at (609) 967-5939.  The Borough can also supply you with information regarding Increased Cost of Compliance coverage (ICC) through the National Insurance Flood Program.