Additional Program Information
On February 1, 2017, the Bond Commission approved $5,000,000 to the Department of Housing for the following:
"To provide a grant-in-aid to Capitol Region Council of Governments for a foundation testing program to assist homeowners in the northeastern part of the state who are concerned due to the possible existence of a mineral that could cause home foundations to deteriorate. This program will provide testing for all applicants with houses built since 1983 within a 20 mile radius of the J.J. Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs."
CRCOG and the Department of Housing executed the contract for this program on September 27, 2017 and has now launched the program. This program is scheduled to run until December 31, 2020 or until the $5,000,000 in funding has been expended, whichever is earlier.
The eligibility requirements outlined by the Department of Housing for the program are as follows:
- The year the home was built must be on or after 1983.
- If the home was built before 1983 but there is an addition that was built after 1983, the addition is eligible for the program. The homeowner must supply proof that the addition was built after 1983 (building permit, CO or other similar documentation).
- The home is within 20 miles radius of J.J. Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs (this will be verified automatically as part of the application process). A waiver process for homes outside of the 20 mile radius is in place.
- 50% reimbursement, up to $2,000 for pyrrhotite testing of 2 core samples; visual inspection will be reimbursed at 100% of value up to $400.
- Homeowners are eligible for the program
- Visual Inspection must be performed by a licensed professional engineer. Go to https://www.elicense.ct.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx to check whether the engineer is licensed (the category is Professional Engineer).
CRCOG will process the applications on a monthly basis. Generally, applications submitted by the end of the month will be paid during the second or third week of the following month.
Additional Resources Available to Homeowners
- Supplemental Collapsing Foundation Loan Program: https://www.chfa.org/homebuyers/supplemental-collapsing-foundations/
- License verification: https://www.elicense.ct.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx
- CRCOG has a qualified vendor list for structural engineers and remediation. Please note: you do NOT have to use an engineer from the list in order to receive reimbursement through the Concrete Testing Program. CRCOG's qualified vendor list can be found at http://crcog.org/concrete-vendors/.