Sens. Lesser, Gobi and Rep. Ashe Announce Community Meeting to Learn More, Find Help for Homeowners with Crumbling Foundations

EAST LONGMEADOW — Sens. Eric P. Lesser and Anne M. Gobi, along with Rep. Brian M. Ashe, announced today that there will be a community meeting in East Longmeadow for those who are worried about, or already dealing with, a crumbling concrete foundation in their home.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Senior Center in East Longmeadow from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The center is located at 328 N. Main St, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.

Representatives from the offices of Sens. Lesser and Gobi, and Rep. Ashe, will be present at the meeting to answer questions. Staff from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Office of Public Safety & Inspections will also be present at the meeting to help determine whether or not your foundation may be affected by pyrrhotite and what assistance may be available.

Earlier this year, the state launched its reimbursement program to provide residents some financial help toward the cost of testing their foundations. Testing is required to find out if the mineral pyrrhotite, which causes concrete to crack when it comes in contact with water, is present in a home’s foundation.

The state has allocated $50,000 for the program, which will reimburse homeowners at a rate of 100 percent for visual testing conducted by a licensed professional engineer up to $400, and a rate of 75 percent for the testing of two core samples up to $5,000.

To receive reimbursement for foundation testing, homeowners must fill out a one-page form and mail it to the Office of Public Safety & Inspections, Crumbling Foundations, 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA Suite 710, Boston, MA 02118.

The form, along with additional information, can be found on Sen. Lesser’s website at: www.SenatorLesser.com/other-resources. A previous community meeting was held in Brimfield, in Sen. Gobi’s district.

“These homeowners deserve some help in this terrible situation. I have heard from several homeowners in our communities who are dealing with this issue, and I encourage anyone who is concerned about their foundation to come get further information and, if necessary, apply for this state aid to help with the cost of testing their foundation,” said Sen. Lesser.

“The first information session held in Brimfield was well attended and a handful of issues were brought up that the Division of Professional Licensure is glad to work on. I encourage anyone who has questions, comments or concerns to please attend. I thank Senator Lesser and Representative Ashe for their assistance and look forward to continue working with them on this important issue,” said Sen. Gobi.

“As Co-Chair of the Crumbling Foundation Commission, I am pleased that homeowners will have the opportunity to learn and hopefully have a better understanding of this extremely unfortunate and potentially disastrous situation. I am relieved the Commonwealth has been able to offer some initial financial assistance through a reimbursement program so proper testing can be done.  While we certainly hope that most homeowners are not impacted by this, we want to do everything we can for those who may be by being proactive and transparent throughout this process,” said Rep. Ashe.

Last year, Sens. Lesser and Anne Gobi of Spencer introduced budget amendments to address the issue of crumbling foundations in a number of their communities. One of those amendments created the testing reimbursement program.

The other amendment established a commission to investigate how widespread the problem is across the state, and recommend additional measures to help homeowners.

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Ryan Migeed