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Old 04-26-2007, 04:11 PM
Location: Living in Paradise
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My Safe Florida Home, a nine-month-old program designed to lower insurance costs and help homeowners make their properties more hurricane resistant, should become more helpful to a larger group of people, lawmakers say.

The program was delayed for months but resumed Monday. It is crafted to offer about $250 million in grants to 50,000 Florida homeowners over a three-year period.

Homeowners are slated to receive matching grants of up to $5,000 if they decide to follow hurricane mitigation inspectors' recommendations. There is enough funding to complete about 90,000 more inspections and give 30,000 to 40,000 more grants through June 2009.

Apply at mysafefloridahome.com or by calling 1-800-342-2762. Your property must have had a state inspection, be homesteaded and have an insured value of $500,000 or less. Low-income homeowners aren't required to match or have insurance.

•Units in a residential, multifamily building of up to four units are eligible for the grant if all the unit owners agree to participate in the program.

•The Department of Financial Services will have a qualified inspection company schedule your inspection.

•Grants may be issued for roof deck attachment, secondary water barrier, roof covering, gable ends bracing, roof-to-wall connection reinforcement, opening protection and exterior doors, including garage doors.
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