Homeowners whose properties were damaged by the severe storms and flooding that hit the Chicago area between April and May 2013 may be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant money for cleanup efforts and to help with various flood-proofing measures, such as the installation of backwater valves and overhead sewers.
According to a Village of Bellwood release on the program, the Residential Resilience Program (RRP) “provides monetary assistance in the form of a grant to homeowners of owner-occupied, single-family homes (1-4units) whose residences were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred throughout the Chicago area between April 2013 and May 2013 (referred to as the Presidentially Declared Disaster).”
Residents of suburban Cook County whose household income is up to 80 percent of the area median income for cook County are eligible for the grant program. Homeowners whose properties are “are within or adjacent to current or proposed efforts in flood mitigation and storm water management as undertaken by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago” will receive priority.
Click here to see the program’s current income limits.
“It is likely the majority of assistance will include backwater valves, overhead sewer and landscape grading,” the Bellwood statement notes. “Other activities may include removal or abatement of any health hazard in the home such as mold, asbestos or lead-based paint; installation and/or replacement of sump pump and French drains; foundation wall repair; replacement of gutter, down spouts and, if needed, roofing; and rainwater capture and retention.”
Fixtures that are eligible for reimbursement through the program include boilers, hot water heaters and furnaces. Property such as TVs, power tools, computers and exercise equipment aren’t eligible. In addition, residents who have already completed home repairs aren’t eligible for the grant. VFP