If my application is accepted by the City, am I guaranteed to be included in the grant application to FEMA?

No. During the City’s review, evaluation, and prioritization period of the applications, a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) will be calculated in alignment with the FEMA guidelines. The City-wide grant application to FEMA must have an overall BCR of 1.0 or higher. During the City’s evaluation period (June through August) and the TWDB review process (September through January), applications with a low BCR (especially those with less than a 1.0 value) may not be selected for the FEMA grant application. Additionally, applications that do not meet other technical requirements of FEMA may not be included in the City-wide grant application. The property owner will be notified if their application has not been selected for the FEMA grant application.

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1. What is the purpose of the program?
2. How do I apply for the program?
3. What properties are eligible for the program?
4. Is this program mandatory?
5. Does this program affect the value of my property?
6. If I am not selected, do I have to apply every year?
7. When can applications be submitted?
8. What if I change my mind after the application is submitted?
9. How will the property value be determined?
10. What if I disagree with the fair market appraisal value provided by the City?
11. Will the City exercise eminent domain to acquire properties for this program?
12. How long does the buyout process take?
13. What if the grant application is not selected by FEMA?
14. Why does the buyout process take so long?
15. When will the applicant know if their property has been chosen to be a part of the program?
16. What happens to the property after the buyout process?
17. If a homeowner has negative equity on their mortgage, can they participate in the program?
18. Are rental properties eligible for the program?
19. Does the property owner receive reimbursement for moving expenses?
20. What if the property owner’s application is rejected by the City?
21. If my application is accepted by the City, am I guaranteed to be included in the grant application to FEMA?
22. Can I apply if I do not have an active flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or if I previously had a policy but no longer carry it?