After Ian, Homeowners Across Florida Could Receive Up To $10k For Storm Safety Improvements

After Ian, Homeowners Across Florida Could Receive Up To $10k For Storm Safety Improvements

Homeowners across Florida could receive up to $10k for storm safety improvements in wake of Hurricane Ian. This comes as a huge help to the thousands of citizens and homeowner severely impacted by the storm in the states “wind-borne debris region”. 

A few months ago, lawmakers in Florida passed a reform package for property insurance. Recently the bill reanimated the My Safe Florida Home program. This provides homeowners with free home inspections and grants up to $10,000 to make storm safety related improvements. However, citizens are currently unable to apply. This may change within the next few weeks, according to the overseer of the program.

How Can Homeowners In Florida Receive Up To $10k For Storm Safety Improvements?

Homeowners in Florida could receive up to $10k for storm safety improvements if they meet the following qualifications.

To qualify:

  • The homeowner must have a homestead exemption.
  • The home must have an insured value of $500,000 or less.
  • The dwelling must have undergone an acceptable hurricane mitigation inspection after July 1, 2008.
  • The dwelling must be located in the “wind-borne debris region.” As referred to by the Florida Building Code.
  • Your building permit application for the initial construction of the home has to have been made before July 1, 2008.
  • The owner has to make their home available for inspection after the mitigation project is completed.

What Some Representatives Saying About The Program

Some naysayers believe that the program say it doesn’t do enough to solve the state’s huge property insurance crisis. The program only has enough reserves to upgrade 11,500 homes. That’s if each applicant receives the maximum $10,000 grant.

Representatives like Anna Eskamani from Orlando mourned the large amounts of residents who would be excluded from the program. Eskamani’s district is outside of the “wind-borne debris region” so supporters are ineligible to receive the help offered through the program. Anna has said that the flooding experienced by Orlando, during and after Hurricane Ian, highlighted the need for a wider sweeping approach.

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