The Residential Hurricane Mitigation Program
Rebuild Northwest Florida’s Residential Hurricane Mitigation Program is the only one of its kind in the United States. There are no income or home value limitations to participate in the program. Our goal is to provide homeowners in Escambia County with assistance to fortify their homes against hurricane force winds.
With this specific program, FEMA provides 75% of the cost of improvements and the homeowner is responsible for the remaining 25% of the cost.
Mitigating a home means strengthening it against hurricane force winds to make it safer, providing increased levels of protection for homeowners and their families.
Other benefits may include:
- Reduced property loss due to hurricane force winds.
- Eligibility to receive discounts on windstorm insurance.
- Less damage to irreplaceable possessions.
- Less likelihood of homeowner displacement immediately following a storm.
- Increased resale value of home.
After you “sign up” or contact our office we will use the information to determine initial eligibility. These include:
- Applicants must occupy a single-family detached home as their principal residence.
- The unit must be an owner-occupied home.
- Homestead exemption is required.
- The property cannot be a mobile or manufactured home, apartment, duplex, or town home.
- The home must be built before the 2002 Florida Building Code.
After initial eligibility is determined you will be offered an opportunity to complete the application program. You can come into our office or complete this process by email.
After the application is completed and the $200 inspection deposit is paid, REBUILD will schedule an inspection of your home. A licensed structural engineer will review the inspection results to determine a recommended scope of work.
The inspection information is submitted to our funders for approval. After approval is received we will request a bid for your project.
You will be notified after the bidding process of your final payment. The final payment along with additional “closing” paperwork is required before construction can begin.
Once the final paperwork is completed, the project is released to the construction management firms to begin construction.
Once all the construction projects are finished, a final inspection by your assigned Construction Management Firm will be completed. This inspection is used to ensure that the work was accomplished in a professional manner. All work is permitted and inspected by the appropriate local building inspection office.
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What is covered by the grant?
These grant awards are for the following approved mitigation categories as set forth in 215.5586(2)(e), Florida Statutes:
- Roof deck attachment
- Gable end bracing
- Reinforcing roof-to-wall connections
- Opening protection
- Exterior doors, including garage doors (on attached garages only)
Construction assistance is restricted to a REBUILD-approved, licensed engineer’s recommendations, which may vary with each home.
All construction work is performed by REBUILD-approved, licensed and insured construction management firms.
Want More Details?
Here are some links to more detailed information about the REBUILD Mitigation Program.
Initial Application Video - What you need to know before you apply.
Closing Appointment Video - What you need to know before the construction project begins.