Contractor Selection

Contractor Selection


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After signing the Homeowner Grant Agreement and paying any necessary escrow, you will move into the program’s Contractor Selection stage. During this stage, your case manager will be your main point of contact for any questions related to your construction project. The Homeowner Recovery Program will coordinate with you regarding all necessary preparations before construction can begin.

If your grant agreement includes a repair or reconstruction award, the program will either assign a general contractor to complete construction on your home or bid out the project to a list of prequalified general contractors. You will not receive any funds directly and will not do business directly with the general contractor. The program manages and completes the construction process on your behalf.

Prior to the start of any construction work, the program’s construction manager will schedule a pre-construction meeting (or “walkthrough”) with you to review all planned construction activities.

If you are unable to occupy your damaged home due to program-related construction or environmental remediation, temporary relocation assistance may be available if you meet eligibility requirements. This option will be included in your award letter.

Please note that construction preparations include obtaining permits from your local permit office for construction activities. All property taxes and utility bills (i.e., water, electricity, gas and waste) for the damaged property must be paid in full before the program can obtain permits and begin construction. If you are unsure about the status of your property taxes, please contact your local permit office or your assigned case manager. If your property taxes and utility bills are not paid in full, the construction process must be paused until they are paid. Additionally, some municipalities require specific ownership documentation even if those documents were previously submitted to the Homeowner Recovery Program.

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