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Grant helps homeowners prepare for storm season
Grant helps homeowners prepare for storm season

Pinellas County may be able to assist low income homeowners make important home improvements with a Hurricane Mitigation Grant. Up to $20,000 is available to help residents prepare their home for storm season.

The property must be the primary residence with a just value not to exceed $151,000 as listed by the Property Appraiser’s Office.

Income guidelines:

Maximum Annual Household Income

Number of People in Household

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Yearly

$31,650

$36,200

$40,700

$45,200

$48,850

52,450

Eligible repairs include:

  • Reinforcement or replacement of roof systems
  • Hurricane roof straps
  • Impact-resistant windows
  • Permanent hurricane shutters
  • Wind-resistant garage doors and exterior doors
  • Mobile home tie-downs and anchors (mobile homes built prior to 1976 are not eligible)

In addition to the Hurricane Mitigation Grant, Pinellas County offers a zero-percent-interest loan that may be used to make necessary home improvements and additional hurricane mitigation.  The same income and property eligibility guidelines apply. The maximum loan amount is $20,000 and must be repaid within 20 years.  The low interest loan and grant may be used together.

According to Anthony M. Jones, director of Pinellas County Community Development, “It is extremely important for residents to take hurricane preparedness seriously. These programs are an excellent opportunity to help residents fortify their homes and be better prepared for storm season.” 

The program is available for properties in unincorporated Pinellas County and several surrounding cities.  Residents in Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg and Belleair Shore should contact those cities directly to inquire about the availability of housing repair programs.

Funds are limited and will be available beginning Aug. 1. For more information call Community Development at (727) 464-8210 or email cdprograms@pinellascounty.org.

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