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Get Readier for hurricanes

With the My Safe Florida Home Program!

The My Safe Florida Home Program was enacted by the Florida Legislature to help single-family homeowners protect their homes against hurricanes and save money doing it!

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Hurricane Inspection

Owners of any site-built, single-family residential Florida property may apply for a free home hurricane inspection.

  • Complete Home Hurricane Inspection of your single-family home at NO COST and NO OBLIGATION to you.
  • Receive an inspection report detailing the strength of your home against hurricanes and recommended improvements to increase that strength.
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Improvements

When Recommended By Your Home Hurricane Inspection, Program Grant Money Has Been Made Available for the Following Strengthening Improvements:

Roofs & Structure

  • Upgrade Roof Covering from Code to Code Plus
  • Improve the Strength of Roof Deck Attachments
  • Brace Gable Ends
  • Reinforce Roof-to-Wall Connections
  • Install Secondary Water Barrier for Roof

Openings

  • Exterior Door Upgrades
  • Garage Door Upgrades
  • Window Upgrades

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& Insurance Savings

The Program was Created to Strengthen Florida Homes Against Hurricanes and Save Florida Homeowners Money.

  • You may be eligible to apply for $2 in state grant money* for every $1 you spend on eligible home strength improvements (*up to $10,000, the home must be located in designated wind-borne regions).
  • NO state sales tax (6%) on retail purchases of impact-resistant doors, impact-resistant garage doors and impact-resistant windows from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024.
  • Potentially lower your home insurance premiums by participating in the program.

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Program FAQs

What is the My Safe Florida Home Program?

The My Safe Florida Home Program was re-enacted during the most recent Special Session of the Florida Legislature. The program consists of two primary components:

  1. Wind Mitigation Home Inspections (DFS anticipates between 140,000 and 145,000 initial home inspections.)  All owners of site-built, single-family, residential homes are eligible to make application for a wind mitigation home inspection. This inspection will identify those elements of your home’s construction which could be improved to mitigate your home against future wind damages. All inspections will be provided to eligible homeowners free of charge by the State. Applications will be reviewed and approved in the order in which they are received until current funding is exhausted.
  2. Wind Mitigation Grant awards for home construction (DFS anticipates awarding between 11,000 and 12,000 grants based on current funding.)

Who is eligible to receive a hurricane mitigation inspection?

An owner of a site-built, single-family, residential property may apply for and receive an inspection without any further obligation to apply for a grant.

Who is eligible to apply for a mitigation grant?

Homeowners who have received a wind mitigation inspection may be eligible to apply for matching grant funds to make improvements to their homes. The following eligibility criteria will be used to approve grant applicants:

  1. The homeowner must provide proof of homestead exemption; if you need assistance obtaining a copy of your homestead exemption information, please confer with your local Property Appraiser or Tax Collector’s Office.  Click here to find your local officials.
  2. The homeowner must provide documentation that their home is insured for less than $500,000. Please have ready a copy of your current property insurance declarations page. If you do not have a copy, contact your insurance company.
  3. The home must be in the wind-borne debris region of the state.  Please review the map of the region to determine if you live in the eligible area.  View Map Here.
  4. The initial building construction permit for the home must have been issued prior to January 1, 2008. If you do not know when your home was built, please contact your local officials. This information is frequently available through your Property Appraiser’s office or website.
  5. The homeowner must allow their home to be re-inspected after construction work has been completed.

 

How can I get an inspection on my home?

You may apply for your free wind mitigation inspection by clicking here.

How much can I receive through the grant process?

The Legislature has authorized DFS to provide a matching grant to eligible homeowners up to $10,000 for the actual cost of qualifying home hurricane mitigation projects. The program will provide $2 in grant funds for every $1 the homeowner provides. In order to receive the maximum grant amount, homeowners must provide $5,000 of their own funds toward the project.

What types of mitigation projects will be considered for homeowners?

When recommended by a hurricane mitigation inspection, grants may be used for the following improvements:

  1. Opening protection;
  2. Exterior doors, including garage doors;
  3. Brace gable ends;
  4. Reinforcing roof-to-wall connections;
  5. Improving the strength of roof-deck attachments;
  6. Upgrading roof covering from code to code plus; and
  7. Secondary water barrier for the roof.

 

Are there any other incentives to offset cost for mitigation?

Yes, the Legislature has also provided tax exemptions for home-hardening initiatives. Please click here for additional information on tax breaks. Beginning July 1, 2022, until June 30, 2024, sales tax is exempt on purchases of impact-resistant doors, impact-resistant garage doors, and impact-resistant windows.

Can I use my own inspector?

The Department of Financial Services will provide an approved list of inspectors. Homeowners must utilize an inspector from this list.

Can I choose my own contractor to complete the work on my house?

The Department of Financial Services will provide a list of contractors that have agreed to participate in the program. Applicants will be required to use a contractor from that list.

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