The City of Bellaire is collecting preliminary information from residents that may qualify for the elevation grant program through April 30 and will be meeting with FEMA representatives in early May to prepare our grant application to submit to the State by June 30.
The grant, which is administered by the Federal Office of Emergency Management (FEMA), would only cover 75% of the costs and the homeowner would be responsible for the other 25% of the costs. The costs could be $30,000 or more, plus relocation expenses.
Home elevation means that your existing house will be lifted so that the lowest floor is at least one foot (1') above the expected flood elevation and a new foundation will be built to support your home.
Please keep in mind there is no guarantee that the City will receive any funds for this program. However, City Officials are determined to ensure that they seek all opportunities available.
If you have already elevated your home, you will not be eligible for the grant. Only homeowners who have flood insurance from FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are eligible. The flood insurance must be effective at the time of the grant application and be maintained throughout the process.
If you have submitted your information and your property meets FEMA requirements, your address will be submitted as part of the application process. The State has a 60-day turnaround time to let the City know if we will be awarded funds.
The City has reviewed all forms and contacted via e-mail to all those who submitted a pre-application. For any further questions, please contact 713-662-8241.