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Thousands of homeowners to get $10,000 in grants – is your family eligible?

FLORIDA homeowners will see some monetary relief when it comes to shoring up their homes for the hurricane season.

Up to $10,000 in grants is available to eligible homeowners to help strengthen their properties against storms.

Florida homeowners may soon be able to apply for grants to protect their homes against hurricanes

Recently, state lawmakers approved $150million in funding for the My Safe Florida Home program.

The My Safe Florida Home program hasn't been around since 2008.

Reviving the program is meant to help Floridians prepare but also protect from being charged skyrocketing rates by insurance carriers.

Who is eligible?

Funding is limited and information is still being ironed out.

It's expected the program will give qualifying homeowners $2 back for every $1 they spend on improvements meant to strengthen their home against hurricane-force winds.

The maximum grant is $10,000.

The Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) which runs the My Safe Florida Home program, told CBS12 News: “As the Department works to stand up the program, we anticipate applications to be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

"DFS will be working to clarify eligibility requirements according to the insured value of the home, location, prior inspection history and home hardening needs.”

What is the My Safe Florida Home program?

The My Safe Florida Home program was in existence from 2006 to 2008.

The original program limited funding to roof deck attachments, water barriers, roof coverings, reinforcements for roof-to-wall connections and opening protections and exterior doors, such as garage doors.

Original qualifications included:

  • Properties to be located in the "wind-borne debris region" defined under the Florida building code. This usually refers to coastal areas susceptible to hurricane-force winds 120 miles per hour or greater.
  • Replacement value of the homes must be $500,000 or less instead of the original limit of $300,000.
  • Properties must be homesteaded. No second homes or investor-owned properties are eligible.
  • Qualifying homes must have been initially permitted for construction before January 1, 2008.

There's no word yet on when applications will open for the revived program.

Florida hurricane season

Hurricane season in Florida officially started on June 1.

It runs through November 30.

In 2021, the Atlantic hurricane season saw 21 named storms and seven hurricanes.

This year forecasters are expecting it to be another above average season.

Florida has one of the strictest building codes in the country but for homeowners it's never enough to prepare properties for the worst.

The Sun shares five simple renovations to increase the value of your home.

Plus, if you're planning to buy a home soon, check out these four need-to-know tips before you make a purchase.

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