MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- It's been nearly a year since Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, and in Connecticut the damage still remains. Now, the state is increasing its efforts to help those affected get back on their feet.
Homeowners are now being told that they can apply for more government money. In Milford, they've heard that before.
"The government is doing the best they can to help as many people as possible, but people like me always seem to fall through some kind of crack and I don't qualify," said Patrick Tarrantino.
This time might be different. The latest money is a $30 million federal block grant. If Sandy damaged your primary home, you can apply and if you qualify, Diversified Technology Consultants will come visit.
"Well, we'd come out and do an inspection, we'd assess what the issues are," said Andy Bevilacqua, DTC engineer.
DTC will then plan out and manage the work that needs to be done. They've done it before.
"You see, I was personally involved with Hurricane Ike down in Galveston, TX, as well as Hurricane Wilma in Key West," said DTC President Shay Atluru. "This is unfortunately something we see too much of."
Now this is not FEMA money, this is not federal flood insurance. This is a little extra to try to fill in the cracks. Plenty of people along the shoreline have already gotten money from those sources, but still need to do more to repair the damage from the last one and prepare for the next one.
"There is a lot of areas that are very low lying and those areas need to be addressed and a lot of the low lying houses, they need to be raised up," Bevilacqua said.
Homeowners can get $10,000 to $150,000 for repairs and house lifting. There are centers open to help with the application, especially for those who haven't had much luck before.
"You know, you fill out paperwork, you submit this, you submit that. At the end they tell you you don't qualify for whatever reason," Tarrantino said.
There are people at four different intake centers ready to help you with the paperwork. The centers are located in East Haven, Fairfield, Milford and Norwalk.
You can apply as long as the house damaged was one you owned and lived in full-time when Sandy hit.
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