West Virginia Adjutant General’s update on RISE West Virginia

By Edwin Wriston | West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs | Sept. 3, 2020


Over the past week, contractors with the West Virginia RISE program have one project scheduled for final inspection. The total number of completed homes remains at 223.


There are currently 34 homes in active construction through four different contractors in the housing program. Of the 34 homes in active construction, 29 are reconstruction projects, one is a rehabilitation project and four are mobile home units. Three of the aforementioned projects are in demolition.


There are 183 active cases in the RISE West Virginia Program. The current breakdown by construction type is as follows: 223 homes are complete, 137 cases require total reconstruction, four cases require some form of rehabilitation actions, and 42 cases require new mobile home replacement.


The Clearance and Demolition program case completion remains at eight total projects.  At this time, there are 264 projects in the active case management process and 86 of those projects are in environmental review process. The Clearance and Demolition program is still accepting applications in all counties affected by the 2016 flood.


VOAD crews continue to work on the 21st and 22nd bridge home projects this week. VOAD currently has 67 bridge projects in the case management process. Of the 67 bridge projects, 20 have been completed, two are in active construction, 11 are being assessed for eligibility, two are undergoing damage assessment, nine are pending engineering design, five are awaiting completed permits, five are waiting for client signature to authorize construction, and 13 are waiting for volunteer construction to begin.


Any families who feel they still have any unmet needs or who are looking for an update on their case are urged to contact the new VOAD office over the phone at 304-553-0927 or through email at DisasterRecovery@wv.gov. A hotline is also available for anyone needing to report fraud with regard to the RISE West Virginia program at 1-866-WVWATCH (1-866-989-2824).