Public Meetings Regarding Potential Flood Relief Funding Scheduled

FREMONT – The Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC) and the City of Fremont are co-hosting two public meetings to share information about potential grant funding for the mitigation and rehabilitation of properties that were affected by the March 2019 flooding.

The meetings will be held on July 24th in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the City Municipal Building at 400 East Military Avenue, Fremont, NE at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Both meetings will cover the same material.  Any residential property owner in Dodge County that was affected by the March 2019 flooding is invited to attend, whether that property is owner-occupied or a rental.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform those affected by the flooding as to which grant programs GFDC and the City are applying for and how the grant programs can provide flood relief funding to property owners.

The first grant program is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  This program would provide 75% of the cost to mitigate the residential structure above the base flood elevation.  Mitigating the flood risk then allows the property owner apply for the second grant program.

The second grant program is the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF).  This program would provide property owners with up to $25,000 to rehabilitate the home.  The NAHTF does not allow for rehabilitation of properties in a flood plain, therefore, property owners will need to mitigate the flood risk prior to applying for these funds.  If a property is not currently in the flood plain, and was affected by the March 2019 flooding, they would be eligible to apply for the NAHTF without having to go through mitigation first.  

The deadlines for these grant programs are July 30, 2019 and October 1, 2019, respectively.  It is anticipated that if the grant program requests are approved, construction activities could begin after the first of the year, and would have two years to be completed.

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