The County was recently awarded $756,000 in Community
Development Block Grant-Emergency Assistance Program funding to provide aid to
low-to-moderate-income households affected by the flooding.
“Receiving these funds was a great win for Kenosha County,
and for residents whose homes were hit hard by this natural disaster,” Kreuser
said. “Even if you’ve already recovered from the floods, it’s worth doing your
homework – you might be eligible for reimbursement of past expenses.”
Funds granted to applicants do not need to be paid back,
said Kari Justmann of MSA Professional Services, the firm administering the grant
for the multicounty Southern Housing Region. Applicants may only receive
Emergency Assistance Program funding once, however, and they will not qualify
for the program again if their homes are damaged by future flooding.
Justmann said those who have receipts for repairs already
made may be reimbursed. For those who have work that needs to be done, MSA will
help them to receive bids and will pay the contractors directly. Applicants’
homes will be visited to see that repairs have been made or that there is still
flood-related damage in need of repair.
Homeowners and landlords who rent to low-to-moderate-income
families may apply, Justmann said.
In order to be eligible for the funding, applicants’
household income must be below the following thresholds:
There is no firm deadline to apply, but people are urged to
do so as soon as possible. All work funded by the grants must be completed by
Dec. 31, 2018.
For more information about the program, please contact Sue Koehn at 800-552-6330 or [email protected].
Those who do not qualify for Emergency Assistance Program
grants may be eligible for another resource: low-interest disaster loans from
the U.S. Small Business Administration.
SBA loans are available to cover damage to homes, as well as businesses. The recently-extended deadline to apply is Jan. 12, 2018. Apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applications may also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster or requested by phone at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired) or by email at [email protected].