The Real Deal Miami

Grants help low-income homeowners shore up for storms

August 15, 2008 11:43AM

A coalition of nonprofit groups is offering grants to South Florida
homeowners with household incomes of less that $51,500 to help bolster
their defenses against heavy storms and hurricanes. The state’s My Safe
Florida Home program has stopped taking applications for the free
wind-mitigation inspections it had offered during the past two years,
and now 20 nonprofit organizations in the state, including four in
South Florida, are providing money to cover the cost of shuttering
windows, reinforcing roofs and other measures. Jeremy Baker of Florida
Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas said
his group already has 450 homeowners approved for grants.