CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Families preparing to weather high winds may get some extra help from the city of Cape Coral. The city wants to apply for a grant that would allow eligible families to receive hurricane shutters and roof repairs.
This would be a new program for the city to help out low income or fixed income homeowners, veterans, the elderly, and those with disabilities.
A $150,000 grant would provide residents with extra safety and security during a storm, and let them to keep their homeowner's insurance.
When the storm winds blow through southwest Florida, it's Cape Coral firefighter Jesse Spearo's job to make sure his city is safe.
Spearo is the fire department's Emergency Management Coordinator.He told leaders about a grant that helps residents who can't afford to pay for shutters or repairs.
"It allows homeowners to get mitigation techniques done to their house to make them more secure and be prepared for hazardous weather events such as tornado or hurricanes," Spearo said.
The city wants to tap into the program which is funded through the state. If accepted, it could receive $150,000 to provide you with a safe and secure home.
"Roof strappings put through the house, other types of reinforcement or roof or structure, covering of windows, impact glass or shutters to reduce impact," Spearo said.
Cape Coral Housing Coordinator Amy Yearsley tells WINK News more people are asking for financial help with home repairs. She's excited about this potential new program.
"With an aging housing stock, and limited equity being available for homeowners to do repairs, we're getting a lot of people coming through our doors who are looking specifically for roofs who are being dropped by their homeowners insurance," she said. "If you're on a fixed income and specifically if you're elderly this is a great program."
The city already has an existing home help program through its community development block grant, but this grant would be an additional source of funding.