$20 MILLION THROUGH MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Funds Are to Help Low-Income Floridians Strengthen Their Homes against Hurricanes
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund are inviting non-profit organizations to help low-income Floridians strengthen their homes against natural disasters through the new My Safe Florida Home program. The program has been developed by Gallagher’s office to help homes better withstand hurricane damage and keep families safer.
The Volunteer Florida Foundation, which administers the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund, is partnering with Gallagher’s office to distribute up to $20 million to non-profit organizations to retrofit low-income homes in eight counties, including Broward, Escambia, Lee, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Sarasota and Volusia. Through non-profit organizations participating in the program, qualifying low-income Floridians will be eligible for a free home inspection and financial assistance to strengthen their homes.
“Partnering with faith- and community-based groups to help fortify low-income homes in Florida is mission critical to protecting families and reducing property losses,” said Gallagher, who oversees the My Safe Florida Home program. “Through these partnerships, we will be able to leverage resources and help thousands of Floridians before the end of this hurricane season.”
Interested non-profit organizations can get involved by
responding to Volunteer Florida’s request for proposal posted at
www.FLAHurricaneFund.org. The deadline for non-profit organizations to
submit proposals for helping low-income homeowners fortify their houses is
Wednesday, September 6, 2006.
Funding for the non-profit program is possible because
of a $250 million appropriation by the Florida Legislature during the 2006
Session to create the Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation
Program. The program has been coined the My Safe Florida Home Program and
was announced by Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and the Florida
Department of Financial Services last week. The Department of Financial
Services designated the Volunteer Florida Foundation this week to administer
the low-income portion of the program through its Florida Hurricane Relief