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My Safe Florida Money Could Create Jobs

April 7th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

The states Chief Financial Officer says 160 thousand people could have their homes strengthened if state lawmakers allow the use of 5 million dollars in the My Safe Home program.

The money is in the bank, but needs legislative approval to be spent. The cash would make five thousand dollar matching grants available to hurricane proof homes. Senate Sponsor Garrett Richter of Naples says it is a win-win situation.

My Safe Florida Home is a twofer. Its a twofer out there, it reduces losses by hardening your homes and it promotes employment in Florida, Richter said. And folks, thats a real key component. Every little thing we can do, every little thing we can do this session to promote employment in Florida. Weve got to put Floridians back to work.

A study shows every dollar spent making a home more hurricane proof saves the state a dollar fifty in damage claims. So far, more than 4 hundred thousand people have had their homes inspected.

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