Flood recovery funds still available — the Loveland Reporter-Herald

Plume of subtropical moisture streaming into Colorado September 2013 via Weather5280
Plume of subtropical moisture streaming into Colorado September 2013 via Weather5280

From the Loveland Reporter-Herald (Pamela Johnson):

Millions of dollars have been spent and thousands of hours donated to help residents throughout Larimer County affected by the 2013 floods.

But there is still a large pot of money, volunteers and a collaborative team available to help those who lost their homes to the raging waters.

“We’re still here, and there are still ways of getting help,” said Laura Levy with the Long Term Recovery Team, a collaborative of nonprofits that came together to assist residents in obtaining help and funding after the floods. She was part of a Larimer County commissioners work session Thursday about community flood recovery.

“We want to make sure the word gets out to as many people as possible that money is still available.”

The Long Term Recovery Group has distributed just over $1 million with the help of its partners and still has $1 million left to help other residents.

And through that same group, 3,100 volunteers from across the country have spent 84,000 hours cleaning up debris and helping residents rebuild. These include faith-based organizations, service groups, college students and scores of local residents…

Amy Irwin of the Loveland Housing Authority is managing Community Development Block Grand Disaster Funds to help residents with housing costs. This could be moving and storage expenses, rental assistance, repair of homes or finding new homes.

“We have $1 million in that pot, and we have not been able to assist as many families as we would like because the vacancy rates in Larimer County are less than 2 percent,” said Irwin.

Because of the tight market, residents cannot find rentals that are within their price range as well as the range allowed under the parameters of the grant money.

Money that has been committed to her office through that federal grant program totals $8.5 million. Of that, $1 million is to help families still recovering from the High Park Fire and the rest is split across home repairs and ownership, rental assistance and road and bridge repairs to allow access to homes.

Funding to keep the Long Term Recovery Group operating will be phasing out over the next year, but Levy said they are committed to finding other sources or grants so the nonprofit partners can continue helping at full steam through all of 2015.

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