Project Uplift

BACKGROUND

Through the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery’s (GOSR) NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program, storm-impacted NYC communities identified a lack of resources for homeowners in mitigating future storm risk, such as elevating their homes.

Responding to this need, GOSR created a home elevation pilot program in Staten Island, and Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. This pilot, named Project UPLIFT, will be implemented by SBP in partnership with New York State.

This program is being funded through New York State’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. 

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Project UPLIFT (Program), a $7.5 million home elevation pilot program, was launched in the Spring of 2016. The goal of the pilot is to elevate homes above the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Base Flood Elevation (BFE) in two pilot service areas: Staten Island and Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Applicants residing in these pilot service areas with home in a high-risk zone (100-year flood plain) may apply for funding.

The goal of the Program is to fund multiple elevation projects for eligible applications in the pilot service areas. SBP through Project UPLIFT, will provide direct CDBG-DR assistance to low/moderate income homeowners to cover 100% of the cost (less any benefits already received) to elevate their homes above the minimum base flood elevation (BFE).

APPLICATION PROCESS

All single family homeowners within the pilot service areas that experienced damage due to Hurricane Sandy and have not been provided funds for elevation services through any other program are encouraged to apply. The deadline for the pre-application required has now expired. Qualifying applicants will receive a full application within 45 days upon submission of this pre-application.

Submission of an application does not guarantee services through Project UPLIFT.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Project UPLIFT aims to provide home elevation assistance for those properties that meet the following conditions:
  • Homeowner resides in a single-family home or a two-family duplex (no tenants)
  • Homeowner property is located in Staten Island or Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, BK
  • Homeowner is low-to moderate income (Low < 50% AMI, Moderate <80% AMI)
  • Property is located in the 100-year floodplain
  • Property was damaged by Superstorm Sandy but it is currently habitable (i.e. home has been repaired)
  • Homeowner is ineligible for an elevation grant through the Build It Back Program or other programs. 

WHEN WILL SERVICES BE OFFERED TO ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS?

Within 45 days of submitting a pre-application, qualified applicants will be provided a full application for home elevation services. It is expected that the initial pre-application process will take approximately 45 days and the full application process will take up to 30 days. After full applications have been received, properties of eligible applications will be assessed by SBP.

If an applicant’s property qualifies for home elevation services, SBP will work with the homeowner and elevation contractors prior to and during elevation. Elevation services are expected to start in the summer of 2016 and all applicants will be served through the pilot project by the end of 2017. 

PROJECT UPLIFT FAQ'S

1.  What is SBP’s role in Project UPLIFT? 
The Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) selected SBP to administer and implement Project UPLIFT. SBP is managing the program and grant funds on behalf of GOSR. 

2. Will SBP be publishing or distributing a list of A/E firms who have responded to the Request for Proposal?
There is no requirement for a CDBG-DR recipient to publish a list of respondents to a Request for Proposal. 

3.  What is the A/E’s work schedule within the project?
At this time there is not a designed A/E work schedule. The selected firm will be responsible for submitting a draft A/E contract that includes a scope of services or scope of work and cost proposal within two weeks of the initial meeting with SBP. The overall program schedule is designed to elevate 30-45 homes within 18 months. 

4.  Can you describe the typology of the homes that will be elevated?
Project UPLIFT is currently and actively identifying the client population that will be served through this program. After initial responses to the Request for Proposal have been reviewed, the selected firm will be provided a list of client homes to assess.

5.  How high above the base flood elevation with Project UPLIFT be elevating homes?
Project UPLIFT home elevations will adhere to the New York City Building Code. In accordance with Appendix G of the New York City Building Code, all home elevations in Project UPLIFT will be completed with a Design Flood Elevation two feet above the Base Flood Elevation. 

SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE SERVICES THROUGH PROJECT UPLIFT.

For additional information or assistance, please contact us directly:
projectuplift@sbpusa.org
(718) 318-2176

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