Funds available to fortify homes against the wind

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Is your home ready for this year’s hurricane season? If you meet income-eligibility requirements and need upgrades to improve your home’s wind resistance, you may qualify for Volusia County’s Wind Hazard Mitigation Program.

Emmeline Precile, left, and Eveline Desroches share an umbrella as they walk to see what damage a tornado had done to their neighbors’ homes in Sunrise on Oct. 19, 2011.(SARAH DUSSAULT/SUN SENTINEL/MCT)

Emmeline Precile, left, and Eveline Desroches share an umbrella as they walk to see what damage a tornado had done to their neighbors’ homes in Sunrise on Oct. 19, 2011.
(SARAH DUSSAULT/SUN SENTINEL/MCT)

The grant-funded program can assist with hurricane coverings for window and doors, gable-end tie-downs and upgraded garage doors. The maximum award per household is $10,000.

Funding can be used only for owner-occupied homes in Volusia County except in the city limits of Daytona Beach, Deltona, Port Orange and Ponce Inlet. The funds are provided as a five-year, zero-interest, deferred loan secured by a mortgage. The owner is responsible to pay for closing costs. If the homeowner lives in the home for five years and complies with program restrictions, the loan will be forgiven.

Applicants work with the county’s Community Assistance staff to apply and determine eligibility.

For more information, visit www.volusia.org/housing or call Affordable Housing Coordinator Lori Brown at 386-736-5955, ext. 12969.

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