HOME RESIDENTS BUSINESS LEISURE GOVERNMENT CALENDAR

Tornado Response Home Rehabilitation Program

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

Tornado Response Home Rehabilitation Program

Fact Sheet

Administered by the Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Inc.

                       Download Information Packet (pdf)                                  Download Application (MS Word)

 

Eligible Communities:  Agawam, Brimfield, Monson, Southbridge, Springfield, Sturbridge, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham.

Eligible Households:  Homeowners from the nine eligible communities whose primary residences were damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado and who require additional financial assistance to supplement other
public, private and non-profit sources and/or to address needs not met by other funding sources.

Eligible Uses:  Tornado Response HR Funds may be used for work items or repairs which are not or only partially funded through insurance or other public or donated funding.  This may include such things as demolition of detached outbuildings, historic rehabilitation, removal of trees that are presenting an obstacle to residents, water damage, mitigation of mold and water damage, and standard building repair such as roofs, windows, siding, etc.

In addition, theses funds may be used to supplement other funding towards rebuilding homes completely destroyed or the purchase and installation of a mobile home or modular home to replace a home that was destroyed in the June 1st tornado. 

All work funded through this program must be performed by qualified and licensed contractors.  Under certain circumstances, “sweat equity” through a self-help agreement will be allowed if it can be demonstrated that 1) the owner is capable of performing the work or 2) the effort is being undertaken in conjunction with coordinated volunteers and will leverage additional monies to the project.  In these circumstances, an itemized materials cost estimate must be provided accompanied by a quote from the suppliers.

Prioritization of Assistance:  Requests for assistance will be categorized according to need.  Priority 1 Assistance is for those households who need additional funding to complete work which allow them to get back into their home.  Priority 2 Assistance is for households who need additional funding to eliminate a health or safety issue within the primary residence.  Priority 3 Assistance is for households who need additional funding to eliminate a health or safety issue on the property of the primary residence.  Priority 4 Assistance is for all other eligible and tornado related requests.

Income Restrictions:  At least 75% of these funds must benefit households whose gross income does not exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI).  Up to 25% of these funds can be used to benefit households whose gross income is between 80% and 100% of the AMI. 

Assistance Limitations:  The value of repairs or improvements made to any individual residence using these funds cannot exceed $7,500 unless an unusual circumstance requires a larger expenditure.  In these cases, a waiver for up to a total of $15,000 may be sought with the additional funds limited to ensuring the home is made safe and secure.  Waiver amounts and availability will be influenced by household income levels.

Application:  Please contact Laurel Foley-Beauchesne Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104 at (413) 781-6045 or by email at lfoley-beauchesne@pvpc.org

 

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed,national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion or disability.

Tornado Response Home Rehabilitation Funds Available

Homeowners in the communities of Agawam, Brimfield, Monson, Southbridge, Springfield, Sturbridge, Westfield, West Springfield and Wilbraham may be eligible for supplemental funding to address June 1, 2011 tornado repair needs not met by other funding sources.  The deadline for submitting an application for assistance is 5:00 PM Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

For a fact sheet and application, please contact Laurel Foley-Beauchesne Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104 at (413) 781-6045 or by email at lfoley-beauchesne@pvpc.org










Page last updated:  Monday, June 03, 2013 03:22 pm