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 in Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. This pilot, named Project UPLIFT, is being 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, an $8.5 million home elevation pilot program, was launched in the spring of 2016 with a goal to elevate homes to a height greater than 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.

The goal of the program is to fund multiple elevation projects for eligible applications in the pilot service areas. Through Project UPLIFT, SBP 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 were eligible to apply. The deadline for the application required has now expired, and Project UPLIFT currently has 10 active projects.

Within 45 days of submitting a pre-application, qualified applicants were provided a full application for home elevation services. After full applications were received, SBP assessed all eligible properties.

If an applicant’s property qualified for home elevation services, SBP worked with the homeowner and elevation contractors prior to and during elevation.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Project UPLIFT aims to provide home elevation assistance to homeowners 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, Gerritsen Beach, BK, or 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

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