By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Applications for the “Earthquake Brace + Bolt” program are now available, allowing a number of homeowners to receive grants of up to $3,000 to subsidize the cost of seismic retrofitting. 

RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA – JULY 07: Ridgecrest residents inspect a recent fault rupture following two large earthquakes in the area on July 7, 2019 near Ridgecrest, California. A 6.4 magnitude ‘foreshock’ on July 4 was followed by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake the next day. The 7.1 magnitude temblor was the largest in Southern California in twenty years. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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“Bolting houses to their foundations and bracing the crawl space walls can help Californians protect their families, their homes and their investments,” Janiele Maffei, chief mitigation officer of the California Earthquake Authority, said in a statement.”

The $5 million program will provide grants to about 1,700 homeowners in the 395 eligible ZIP codes across the state. The state determines the eligible ZIP codes by assessing seismic risk and the concentrations of older homes.

Households earning less than or equal to $72,080 a year may qualify for supplemental grants which may cover the full costs of the retrofitting. 

Since it began in 2013 the EBB has helped more than 15,700 homeowners pay for retrofitting through grants. 

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“We’re pleased to extend additional support to income-eligible homeowners to help cover up to 100% of the cost of a seismic retrofit, and we encourage all eligible homeowners in EBB ZIP Codes to apply for funding now,” Maffei added. 

A complete list of eligible ZIP codes can be found at the EBB website: earthquakebracebolt.com

The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. 

 

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