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Disaster recovery

Deadline today for first round of VT hazard mitigation Irene assistance

In addition to FEMA's Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs, federal mitigation funds are available to all Vermont towns through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

Charged with administering the program, Vermont Emergency Management is now accepting HMGP applications from towns and agencies in all Vermont counties in connection with the Tropical Storm Irene. 

Another round of awards will be made in the spring, with an application deadline of March 16, 2012. 

VT to receive $21.6 million in federal emergency funds

HUD announced today the release of $21.6 million in community rebuilding funds to Vermont. This is one of the largest single awards of federal disaster relief funds in Vermont's history. The funds were awarded by a newly enacted appropriations bill, through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  

Last chance to register for federal Irene-recovery assistance

Vermonters affected by Irene have until midnight tonight, November 15 to register online for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Phone registrations will be accepted until 10:00 p.m., EST.

VHFA staff help rebuild Irene-damage homes

Staff from VHFA put down their pencils and picked up their hammers yesterday, repairing two Waterbury homes damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.  Both homes had been completely gutted and are now being rebuilt after the Winooski River surged through town when the storm hit. 

Only one week left to apply for FEMA and SBA Irene-assistance

Vermonters who experienced damage or losses as the result of Tropical Storm Irene have until Tuesday, November 15 to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Still time to apply for FEMA and SBA Irene-assistance

Individual homeowners, renters, businesses, or others who suffered losses as a result of flooding at the end of August are eligible for assistance to repair homes or to recover other losses. Even if the damage is minor, or if you are unsure whether damage will be covered by federal grants, individuals should apply ASAP. The deadline for applying for both FEMA and SBA assistance is November 15, 2011.

No FEMA temporary homes for VT

FEMA officials have determined that there are enough vacant housing opportunities in the state for residents displaced by Tropical Storm Irene.   This means that the use of FEMA standard temporary housing units will not be needed in Vermont.   Read more in today's Burlington Free Press.

VHFA staff make care packages with care

VHFA-ers spent time together this afternoon assembling household items and gift cards into gift baskets for five families whose homes were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. 

All of the families are residents of Stockbridge, Vermont--a town particularly hard-hit by the storm and ensuing flood waters.  

 

 

 

 

FEMA and SBA deadlines for Irene recovery assistance near

Individual homeowners, renters, businesses, or others who suffered losses as a result of flooding at the end of August are eligible for assistance to repair homes or to recover other losses. Even if the damage is minor, or if you are unsure whether damage will be covered by federal grants, individuals should apply ASAP.    The deadline for applying for both FEMA and SBA assistance is November 15, 2011. 

Post-Irene mobile home forum in Barre tonight

A forum will be held tonight, Wednesday October 19, 2011, at 6PM by the Mobile Home Residents for Equality and Fairness (MHREF).   MHREF is  a new resident organization of Vermonters displaced by Irene, who have witnessed first-hand the acute affordable housing crisis, and unique challenges in removing their destroyed homes in order to rebuild, relocate, and recover before impending winter.

The meeting will be held at  Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, Barre, Vermont.  

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