CFO SINK DELIVERS NEARLY $5,000 CHECK
FROM THE MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM TO PENSACOLA RESIDENT
Sink urging more Panhandle Floridians to sign up at
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink personally delivered a matching
grant reimbursement for $4,942.57 to a Pensacola homeowner who hardened his
home through the state’s My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program.
“Hardening your home is the best way to protect your family, reduce the
state’s exposure to hurricane damage and potentially result in savings on
homeowners’ wind premiums,” said CFO Sink who oversees the Department of
Financial Services. “I encourage more Floridians to follow Mr. Dill’s lead
and sign up for their free wind inspections through the My Safe Florida Home
John Dill, a 67-year-old military retiree of Pensacola, received a grant
reimbursement Friday after hardening his home’s opening protections. After
having his home inspected by a MSFH program-approved inspector in February,
Dill received an inspection report indicating that adding accordion style
shutters to six of his doorways would help harden his home to hurricanes.
After making the improvements through a program approved contractor for
nearly $10,000, Dill was reimbursed by the state for half the cost of
improvements, a total of $ $4,942.57.
The MSFH program resumed offering wind inspections and expanded statewide
after conducting a pilot program during the previous year. Since April 2007,
the MSFH program has performed nearly 46,000 free wind inspections. From the
14,289 homes inspected during the program’s original pilot phase, 5,839
homeowners are eligible for matching grants and are working with the MSFH
program to harden their homes. Statewide, the program has issued a grand
total of $1,032,180 to 362 homeowners who have completed the improvements
recommended in their inspection reports.
Currently, 133 homeowners in Escambia County, 64 homeowners in Santa Rosa
County and 8 homeowners in Walton County are hardening their homes through
the MSFH program. These homeowners are being reimbursed for half the cost,
up to $5,000, on a variety of home improvements, including hurricane
shutters, reinforced garage doors and roof enhancements.
MSFH also partners with the Volunteer Florida Foundation (VFF) to provide
mitigation, at no cost, to the homes of lower-income Floridians (those
earning 80 percent or less than the Annual Median Income- $42,000 for a
family of four in Escambia County). To date, VFF has completed work on 303
homes, and 175 of those homes are located in Escambia County. Another 611
low-income homeowners are currently working on hardening their homes through
this program, and of those homeowners, 77 are from Escambia County.
Any Floridian who lives in a single-family, site-built home is eligible for
a free wind inspection through the program. Floridians can apply on-line at
by calling the program toll-free at 1-866-513-6734. Homeowners who receive
free wind inspections through the MSFH program will receive a detailed
inspection report, complete with additional eligibility information on
matching grants and estimated insurance premium discounts, if the homeowner
In order to be eligible for the program’s matching grant reimbursements of
up to $5,000, the Legislature requires that homeowners meet the following
requirements: have received a completed wind inspection after May 1, 2007;
live in a single-family, site-built home built before March 1, 2002; have a
valid homestead exemption; have an insured value of $300,000 or less; and be
located in the wind-borne debris region.