Albany (WALK) - If your home suffered serious damage from superstorm Sandy and you've had trouble gathering up enough cash to rebuild, keep an eye on your mail this week.
Word arrived yesterday that cash grants averaging more than $110,000 each will soon be on the way to almost 4,000 Long Island homeowners, to help pay costs not covered by insurance or FEMA aid. In many cases, these are homeowners who thought they were covered but were left holding the bag when their insurance companies denied their claims.
The money comes from the state's NY Rising program, which allocated over $484 million for homeowners with "unmet needs." Homeowners who suffered damage from tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011 are also eligible. Additional funds are available for applicants who live in flood zones, in order to elevate their homes.
NY Rising can also provide mortgage assistance, up to $3,000 a month for 20 months, for homeowners who have to live elsewhere while their storm-damaged homes are repaired.
It's not too late for apply for help from the NY Rising program. For more information, click here.
Photo: Suffolk County Executive