RREM Grants for Hoboken Residents

GA's pleased to report that wait-listed Hoboken residents for New Jersey Stronger's Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Grant program are receiving notices that their applications have been "preliminarily funded."  

It's been a long wait; applications for this program closed on August 1, 2013.  

RREM "provides up to $150,000 for eligible Homeowners to repair, elevate or rebuild their primary residences in the affected communities".

 GA's kitchen, February 2013
Folks I know who have received RREM notices (including GA), completed major reconstruction and repairs long ago.  So how will it work?

Step 1 is to return documents including authorization for the Department of Environmental Protection  (DEP) and RREM representatives to access/test your property.

Next... that's the wildcard.

What if the DEP finds the air quality in your home sucks and/or the soil in your yard is contaminated?

We shall see.  In the meantime, perhaps we can recoup some of our losses.

Of course, there's no guaranty of getting an RREM grant until inspection, etc. but good luck to those who've made it to Step 1.