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    Workshop on FEMA grants for storm-damaged homes

    Scituate officials hope residents whose homes suffered storm damage this winter will turn out for a discussion on how to use federal funding to elevate their properties. According to town planner Laura Harbottle, funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hazard mitigation grant program have helped raise approximately 50 homes in Scituate alone since the program was first instituted in the late 1990s. After one of the fiercest winters in recent memory, Harbottle predicted many would be looking for the grants this year. “It sounds a little strange,’’ he said, “but that’s one of the things FEMA wants. They want to implement money where there has been damage.” Although one part of the program allowing for larger reimbursements has been cut by Congress, the standard program offering 75 percent reimbursement should not run out of cash, Harbottle said. Houses need to be in a floodplain, enrolled in National Flood Insurance Programs, and have received a certain amount of damage from storms to qualify. The workshop will be held Tuesday at the Scituate Harbor Community Building. For more information, e-mail