Volume 4 Number 39
September 28, 2007

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 (MSFH) program, Senator Jeffrey Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) will personally deliver a matching grant reimbursement for $5,000 to a Boca Raton homeowner who hardened her home through the state’s MSFH program. At the event, Sen. Atwater will discuss the financial and safety incentives available through the MSFH program and encourage more homeowners in South Florida to sign up for the program’s free wind inspections.

As CFO, Sink oversees the state’s MSFH program, which helps Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes and reduce the overall potential for hurricane damage in our state. The MSFH program offers eligible homeowners a free wind inspection by trained and qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors. Homeowners who have received these inspections and meet additional criteria set by the Legislature may also have the opportunity to apply for matching grants of up to $5,000 to make recommended improvements.

The My Safe Florida Home check presentation will be held:

DATE: Monday, October 8, 2007
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce
150 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441-3506

The MSFH program resumed offering wind inspections and expanded statewide this year after conducting a pilot program during the previous year. Since April 2007 the MSFH program has performed over 98,000 free wind inspections. More than 11,731 homeowners have been approved 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 1,377 grants to homeowners for more than $4.4 million.

To date, the program has reimbursed 268 homeowners in Broward County for a total of $896,312.86. In Palm Beach County, the program has reimbursed 218 homeowners for a total cost of $661,438.56. Currently there are 2,836 homeowners in Broward County hardening their homes through the MSFH program. In Palm Beach County, 1,986 homeowners 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 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 Area Median Income.) To date, VFF has completed work on 892 homes in Florida, 60 of those homes are located in Broward County and 50 are located in Palm Beach County