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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:
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.
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:
You may apply for your free wind mitigation inspection by clicking here.
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.
When recommended by a hurricane mitigation inspection, grants may be used for the following improvements:
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.
The Department of Financial Services will provide an approved list of inspectors. Homeowners must utilize an inspector from this list.
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.