SENATOR ARONBERG DELIVERS $5,000 CHECK
FROM THE MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM TO FT. MYERS RESIDENT WEDNESDAY
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 (MSFH) program, Senator Dave Aronberg (D), D-27, personally
delivered a matching grant reimbursement for $5,000 to a Ft. Myers homeowner
who hardened her home through the state’s MSFH program.
“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 Ms. Renosis’ lead to sign
up for free wind inspections through the My Safe Florida Home program.”
Lorraine Renosis, a 58-year-old artist and former teacher in Ft. Myers,
received a grant reimbursement Wednesday after installing opening
protections. Renosis reached out to the program because of the damages her
home sustained during Hurricane Charley. After having her home inspected by
a MSFH inspector, Renosis received a report indicating that replacing all of
her home’s windows with high-impact glass would help harden her home to
hurricanes. Through the program’s matching grant reimbursement of up to
$5,000, Renosis was able to afford replacing all 14 windows in her home for
a total cost of about $14,000.
“As a State Senator who represents much of Southwest Florida, I urge all my
constituents to take advantage of the My Safe Florida Home program,” said
Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres). “Although Alex Sink and I cannot prevent
hurricanes from hitting Florida, we will continue to promote incentives to
strengthen our state’s homes,” said Sen. Aronberg. “With the state’s help, a
small investment today can save homeowners plenty down the road.”
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 41 homeowners in Collier County, 81 homeowners in Lee
County, 152 homeowners in Charlotte County and 1 homeowner in Hendry 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 bracing gable ends.
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.