DELIVERS TWO CHECKS FROM THE MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM TO PORT CHARLOTTE
CFO Sink urging more Floridians to sign up at www.MySafeFloridaHome.com
On behalf of Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and the My Safe
Florida Home program, Representative Michael Grant D-71 (R) personally
delivered two matching grant reimbursements, one for $5,000 and the other
for $4,863.43 to two Port Charlotte homeowners who hardened her home through
the state’s My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program.
Doug and Judith Kaff, both 66 year-old Real Estate Agents of Port Charlotte,
received grant reimbursements Wednesday installing opening protections.
After having their home inspected by a MSFH inspector, the Kaff’s received a
report indicating that installing permanently deployed protection to her
windows and replacing the garage door would help harden her home to
hurricanes. Through the program’s grant reimbursement of up to $5,000, the
Kaff’s were able to afford improvements to protect their home.
Paul and Jane Suttner, both 74 year-old retirees of Port Charlotte, received
a grant reimbursement Wednesday after hardening their garage door, windows
and doors. Upon receiving their inspections report, the Suttner’s decided to
reinforce their garage door, add shutters to all the windows on their home
and add accordion doors. After all the improvements were made, the Suttner’s
were reimbursed for half the cost of improvements, totaling $4,863.43.
“Mitigation is the best way to protect your home, it will reduce the state’s
exposure to hurricane damage and can result in savings on your wind
insurance premium,” said CFO Sink who oversees the Department of Financial
Services. “I encourage more Floridians to follow the Kaff’s and Suttner’s
lead and sign up for their free wind inspections through the My Safe Florida
“This program will help families do twice as much work for half the cost,”
said Rep. Grant. “It will save your property if another storm strikes, and
save you money on insurance premiums right away.”
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 over 86,000 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 more than 890 grants to homeowners for a total of $2.8 million.
Currently, there are 328 homeowners in Charlotte County, 433 homeowners in
Lee County and 468 homeowners in Sarasota County 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.)
To date, VFF has completed work on 583 homes in Florida.
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
www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or 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 is eligible.
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.