Storm Protection Program
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. The $1.9 trillion Fiscal Recovery Funds package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health and economic impacts. Of the entire $1.9 trillion bill, $350 billion was allocated to State and Local governments to enable them to address strategic economic and infrastructure investments and address governmental budget shortfalls. Dania Beach has received a total of $16.2 million to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts.
The mission of the City of Dania Beach is to utilize funding available through ARPA to continue making Dania Beach a city that residents love to live in. One of the programs that will utilize ARPA funding is the Storm Protection Program, which will provide residents with the resources necessary to strengthen their homes against hurricane-level winds. The goal is to create safer homes, mitigating the effects of future storms by providing increased levels of protection to homeowners. In order to strengthen its existing infrastructure, the City will assist homeowners by providing quality wind resistance construction and installations (that are to be completed in compliance with the Florida building codes and manufacturer’s specifications).
These installations will include:
- Installation of Window and Door Opening Protection
- Installation of Hurricane Straps
- Installation of a Secondary Water Barrier
- Replacement of Roof Covering/Re-Roofing
Storm Protection Program: An Infrastructure and Mitigation Project
The City of Dania Beach is launching the Storm Protection Program to assist its residents with reinforcing their homes in order to create safer infrastructure that provide protection against hurricane level winds. The assistance will come in the form of a reimbursement on behalf of homeowners for eligible work performed. Through this program, the City will provide up to $10,000 per applicant for eligible storm mitigation upgrades. Applicants who are 185% below the federal poverty level or have been approved for the My Florida Home Program are eligible to receive up to $15,000 with a waived match requirement. All applicants will be asked to provide a $5,000 match if they are not below the 185% federal poverty level or eligible for a match waiver.
In order to be considered for the SPP, the home subject to the reinforcements must meet the following criteria:
- Must have no outstanding code violations, or liens against property
- Must have current homeowners’ insurance
- Must have flood insurance (if required by mortgage company)
- Be up to date with first mortgage unless fully owned outright
- Property cannot be in forbearance or foreclosure
For applicants, the following factors will dictate eligibility:
- Residents are at or below the 300% income amount by household size according to federal poverty guidelines (see figure 1)
- Residents live within a Qualified Census Tract (see figure 2)
Upon approval of applications, eligible applicants will receive a list of qualified contractors through which they can select to complete their reinforcements.
The Storm Protection program will launch TBD with application opening on TBD.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FUNDING IS LIMITED AND COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WITH REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL BE TAKEN ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS
The City of Dania Beach will undergo an application process for qualified local contractors. If a vendor has been qualified as part of the My Florida Safe Home Program, the City will consider them qualified through the state’s solicitation process and engage with them to confirm their participation in the Storm Protection Program. The City is NOT responsible for costs or work performed outside of the agreed upon reimbursement amount.
The qualification period for contractors starts on TBD. If you are a contractor interested in becoming qualified, please follow this link insert link for contractors here.
If you have questions about the Storm Protection Program, you can email questions to Link here or you can call (Number here) and a team member will respond within 2-3 business days