Help available for those damaged during July floods
People affected by the flooding in northern Wisconsin have a couple of options to help in the recovery. Iron County on behalf of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties received $2.35 million in Community De...
People affected by the flooding in northern Wisconsin have a couple of options to help in the recovery.
Iron County on behalf of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties received $2.35 million in Community Development Block Grant Emergency Assistance Program funds through the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources. The emergency funds assist with activities directly related to damages incurred during the storms July 11 and 12.
The money can be used for housing rehabilitation for low- to moderate-income homeowners; business assistance to businesses that create or retain low- to moderate-income jobs and repairs to public infrastructure in low- to moderate-income communities.
Beginning on July 11, several homes, businesses and roads stretching across Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties sustained varying levels of damage due to flooding and high winds.
Homeowners, businesses and local units of government that sustained damage from the storms can contact Kim Gifford, housing specialist with Northwest Regional Planning Commission at 715-635-2197 for more information or an application to apply for assistance.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy also announced that $500,000 in financial assistance will be available through local financial institutions to individuals and business owners in Wisconsin communities impacted by the July storms. The assistance is being provided by banks, credit unions, community development financial institutions and insurance companies that are members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Grants of $5,000 will be available through the FHLBC's Community First® Disaster Relief Program to eligible households and small businesses located in the areas declared a disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which include Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn counties, and the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe.
The funding will be available through March 24 on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible households or small businesses that apply for a disaster assistance grant through any FHLBC member financial institution. A list of members can be found by visiting www.fhlbc.com . Applicants should contact the member institution directly to see if they qualify for assistance.