Residents in earthquake-prone areas, including certain zip codes in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Pasadena, are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in state incentives to protect their homes against temblors, state officials said Thursday.
The Earthquake Brace and Bolt program, which is offered by the California Residential Mitigation Program, is also available to some residents of San Francisco, Oakland and San Leandro.
Homeowners have until Feb. 15 to apply for the benefit, which helps to pay for earthquake retrofits on pre-1979 homes that are not bolted to their foundations and have crawlspaces that have not been reinforced with braced cripple walls.
Homes that qualify also must be built on a level or low slope. Other requirements can be found at https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/Homeowners.aspx.
The typical cost of such retrofits is between $2,000 to $10,000. There are enough funds in the program to offset costs for as many as 575 homeowners.
— City News Service
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