The Department of Environmental Protection has approved 26 properties in Brigantine for assistance with costs incurred in elevation their homes as part of the first round of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program awards, the Christie Administration announced today.

New Jersey has committed $100 million in HMGP funds from FEMA to elevate about 2,700 primary residential structures in the nine counties most impacted by Hurricane sandy – Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.

Recipients can get up to $30,000 for a broad range of work associated with home elevations including engineering, construction, permits and utility work. The money is reimbursed after work is competed. Homes must be deemed structurally sound to be eligible.

The program's application period ended in September. The DEP is continuing to review more than 3,000 active applications from homeowners in nearly 100 municipalities.

Homeowners who have received grants from the Department of Community Affairs' Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program are not eligible for HMGP elevation grants.

Braden Campbell