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Crumbling Foundations

Information for Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations
 


 

A Crisis Affecting More Than Three Dozen Towns Across North-Central Connecticut

In recent years, more and more homeowners in our region have discovered that their home foundations are crumbling due to the presence of a mineral called pyrrhotite in the stone aggregate originally used to mix the concrete. During this time, I have met with affected homeowners, participated in community forums, and discussed the matter with state and local officials from impacted regions. The high cost of repairs for homeowners, the prevalence of the problem in our region, and the  economic impacts require a comprehensive response. I have worked persistently towards such a collaborative approach and I will continue to organize state and local officials, federal agencies, private industry, and other stakeholders to address this crisis head-on.

At the federal level, I have identified programs and resources that could be applied to fixing crumbling foundations, and have consulted with agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others, to work towards finding an “all of the above” approach to handling this crisis.

Courtney speaks to a homeowners group about crumbling foundations in 2015
 

More on Crumbling Foundations

July 10, 2019 Press Release
“We need all of the resources we can muster to help homeowners and others impacted by the crumbling foundations crisis in eastern Connecticut,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
“In Connecticut and Massachusetts, homeowners, businesses, and local municipalities are struggling to address a widespread problem of crumbling concrete foundations due to the presence of the mineral pyrrhotite,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 14, 2019 Press Release
“In 2017, if a tree fell on your home, you would have been able to claim a ‘casualty loss’ from the IRS to recoup some of the lost value of the roof,” said Congressman Courtney.
April 13, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s clarification from the IRS is more forward momentum for homeowners in our region impacted by the crumbling foundations crisis,” said Congressman Courtney.
March 20, 2019 Press Release

Today, the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company, Inc. (CFSIC), also known as “the captive insurance company,” released the following announcement following the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to designation CFSIC as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The full press release from the captive insurance company and CSFIC Superintendent Michael Maglaras is included below.

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March 19, 2019 Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney announced the approval of $480,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to support testing of crumbling foundations in Ellington, Stafford, and Vernon. The funding was requested by the three towns in a joint application last year as part of Connecticut’s Small Cities Program run by the state Department of Housing, which distributes the state’s portion of federal CDBG funds it receives annually.

February 26, 2019 Press Release
“I am very pleased that the Education and Labor Committee today reported out a school infrastructure bill which includes a section I authored to help local municipalities with the cost of repairing or reconstructing school buildings that have been impacted by crumbling foundations due to the presence of pyrrhotite,” said Congressman Courtney.
February 14, 2019 Press Release
“Congress took another important step today to help folks affected by crumbling foundations and to acknowledge this crisis on the federal,” said Congressman Courtney. “Two provisions that Congressman John Larson and I authored on this issue were included in today’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, the final conference agreement to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year."
January 4, 2019 Press Release
“Last night, Congress took another small but important step towards helping those affected by this crisis,” said Congressman Courtney. “Specifically, two amendments that Congressman John Larson and I authored on this issue were included in the spending bill we passed to end the partial government shutdown. While these amendments alone will not solve the crumbling foundations crisis, the unanimous support our proposals received on the House floor in July - and their inclusion in this funding package in the opening hours of the new Congress – provides strong backing to our ongoing efforts to marshal resources on the federal level to help.
October 22, 2018 Press Release
“We want to get the word out that IRS will be holding a free webinar that tax preparers and homeowners can learn more about recent development on tax deductions for foundation repairs,” said Courtney and Larson. “Last week, we announced that the IRS has made it clear that homeowners can “carry forward” or “carry back” a net operating loss under the casualty loss deduction for crumbling foundations repairs. This clarification means that even if the net loss suffered by a homeowner exceeds their annual tax liability, they can carry forward the loss for up to 20 years and can carry back for two years. This development will provide significant help for middle-class homeowners, and we want to get the word out about how they can start using this deduction when they go to file next spring.”

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