Thursday, May 1, 2014

New program aims to help Flood-affected homeowners still struggling to make repairs

The City and Canadian Red Cross have teamed up to launch the Flood Permit Grant program today to assist residential property owners still facing financial challenges repairing, restoring or rebuilding their homes after the June 2013 floods. The program is not retroactive, as assistance is aimed at those struggling financially.

The pilot program that launched on May 1, 2014 will cover the costs of new permits required to restore residential properties. The first step for Calgarians interested in applying for the program is to contact the Red Cross at 1-866-696-6484. All calls are confidential. The Red Cross will work with each applicant to discuss their unique situation and complete an assessment to determine their program eligibility.

The average permit costs associated with repairing a flood-affected home is about $750, and can include moving an electrical panel, or installing a new furnace. Permits to demolish and rebuild a home can run between $4,000 and $7,000, depending on size. Up to $7,000 per property is available to candidates that qualify.

Under the Flood Permit Grant program, approved applicants or their qualified licensed contractors are required to apply for permits in person at The City’s Planning Services Counter, 3rd Floor Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Tr. S. to ensure grant funding is applied accordingly. Applicants or contractors can book an appointment online through The City’s eAppointment service to save time.

For more information, or to learn more about how to apply, visit the Flood Permit Grant program page.

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