There is financial help available to coastal homeowners who live in high-risk flood or erosion areas and might be interested in relocating.

Barnstable County officials will hold a Coastal Home Buyout Forum on Zoom on Wednesday, April 21, from 4 to 6 PM, to discuss the federal programs available.

The information will be relevant to people whose properties are located anywhere in a floodplain, not just in coastal or waterfront areas.

“The total loss of multiple waterfront homes this winter highlights the significant damage that homeowners on Cape Cod can incur from coastal storms,” Shannon Hulst, deputy director and floodplain specialist for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Service and Woods Hole Sea Grant, said in a press release.

“As sea levels continue to rise and storms become more damaging, some homeowners may seek to relocate and have their property restored to nature,” Ms. Hulst said. “The forum is designed to provide information to homeowners and municipal officials who may be interested in learning more about how these federal programs work.”

“The presenters will review eligibility requirements and the requirements of the municipal government, which typically applies on behalf of a homeowner,” Ms. Hulst said.

Barnstable County is organizing the forum in partnership with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant.

The forum will be hosted by state Representative Steven Xiarhos (R-Barnstable), state Senator Susan Moran (D-Falmouth), and the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners.

Also participating will be representatives from three federal agencies with floodplain buyout programs: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ms. Hulst said forum participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the presentations.

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