NJ RREM Program and House Raising News
Today’s article contains a few quick updates about the NJ RREM Program and Rebuilding in general.
NJ RREM Program Seminars
The final two RREM Housing Assistance Seminars are being held this week in Ocean County. The Christie administration and the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) will have staff available at these seminars to answer questions and point people in the right direction. You can find more information here.
The two seminars being held this week are in Little Egg Harbor (Tonight, Oct 20) and Brigantine (Wednesday, Oct 22):
Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 317 West Cala Breeze Way, Monday, October 20, 2014, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Brigantine Community Center, 265 42nd South, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
As you may know, there has been a lot of frustration surrounding the NJ RREM Program. From what we’ve been hearing, it’s rolling out very slowly and the state seems to be sitting on the money and not distributing it as quickly as homeowners want. These seminars may be helpful for you or your homeowner clients to attend.
New NJ House Raising Guidelines
In an effort to combat unscrupulous contractors and to cut down on accidents, New Jersey is tightening up the regulations on house lifting contractors. As of October 1, 2014, all contractors entering into contracts to perform home elevations must register with the Division of Consumer Affairs as a home elevation contractor. There are defined qualifications for a ‘home elevation contractor’, which you can read here.
There are also some additional requirements on the drafting table, which are currently under review, and won’t be adopted for quite some time. They are also on the DCA’s website.
Special thanks to Carol Mirek of Tribar Services for sharing some of this info with us.
For homeowners looking for more info on house raising, check out our House Raising Guide and FAQ.
It seems that the NJ DCA took most of this year to figure out how to operate their grant programs and work out the kinks. Hopefully they figure everything out soon and start distributing the money at a swifter pace. Thousands of homeowners are still looking for answers. It’s been nearly 2 years since the storm and it looks like we have another 5+ to go before the majority of residents are back in their rebuilt homes.
If you have any information about these topics, or others related to rebuilding, please comment below and share it with us so we can keep as many people as possible informed.