o Des Moines County, Iowa applied under disaster declaration DR-966-IA for a grant under HMGP for the purpose of defraying the cost of elevating two residential structures. FEMA Region VII denied approval, Des Moines County appealed, and Region VII denied the appeal.
• Reason for Denial
o The proposed elevations did not meet the eligibility requirements of the HMGP provided in 44 CFR 206.434, requiring that a project be cost effective. The elevations of nearly three stories were found not to be cost effective.
o 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
2nd Appeal (and 3rd Appeal)
o The subapplicant submitted the application, 1st appeal, 2nd appeal and 3rd appeal, based on the belief that the proposed elevations were cost effective and eligible for funding under HMGP.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd and 3rd appeal decisions were to uphold the 1st appeal denial.
o The rationale for the decisions was that the project failed to meet the critical eligibility requirements of the HMGP, because the elevations were found not to be cost effective based on benefit-cost ratios of 0.24 and 0.27.
o Reference(s): 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals