FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Department of Housing is opening an intake center at the Fairfield Senior Center for Superstorm Sandy Development Grant, First Selectman Mike Tetreau recently announced.
The Fairfield Senior Center, at 100 Mona Terrace, will accept "applications for the Storm Sandy Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation and Rebuilding (OORR) Program," according to a news release. The state Department of Housing recently allocated $30 million in federal funding for the program "to support efforts to rebuild and renovate homes while addressing needs to prepare for future storms," according to the release.
“The Town of Fairfield is here to assist our residents who are still dealing with the aftermath of Storm Sandy. I encourage applicants to make an appointment as soon as possible since this Program is based on a first-come, first-served basis," Tetreau said in the release.
"The Program is geared toward residents with unmet needs from Storm Sandy," representatives said in the release. "If eligible, Fairfield residents can receive assistance to rebuild and rehabilitate their homes damaged in the Storm. Fairfield residents who have experienced uninsured or uncovered losses as a result of Storm Sandy may be eligible for funding through this Program."
The program is designed to assist residents who are not covered through insurance or other sources of funding, according to the release. The grant award for each eligible property ranges from $10,000 to $150,000, according to the release.
The Fairfield Intake Center is available to assist residents in filling out and submitting their applications for a maximum of four months, according to the release. The Intake Center will be closed on all federal holidays and the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
"There will also be mobile application intake units to assist those who are unable to come to the Intake Center," representatives said in the release. "Intake counselors will meet a person at their home or another place of the applicant’s choosing. The intake counselor will be equipped with a laptop/tablet and a mobile scanner to assist applicants in finishing their applications. Priority for this service will be given to elderly or disabled individuals."
Residents are encouraged to call the Program’s Call Center to schedule an appointment at the Intake Center at 866-272-1976.