The San Leandro City Council announced that for the second year in a row, up to 75 San Leandro homeowners are eligible to receive as much as $3,000 to help strengthen their homes in the event of a major earthquake.
Qualified homeowners in the 94577, 94578 and 94579 zip codes can now apply for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program before the Feb. 20 registration deadline via www.earthquakebracebolt.com.
A random drawing of eligible homeowners will be conducted to select recipients.
The houses must meet certain criteria, including being built on a level or low-slope site and sit on a raised foundation with a four-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor.
Qualifying dwellings are typically pre-1979 houses that aren’t bolted to their foundations, are built atop a crawl space and have unbraced “cripple walls” surrounding that crawl space.
The Brace + Bolt Program is funded through the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) and offers financial incentives to help California homeowners retrofit their houses to reduce potential damage from earthquakes. A residential seismic retrofit makes a house more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure by bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space.
The Brace + Bolt Program complements the City of San Leandro’s award-winning Earthquake Home Strengthening Course. This four session course assists “do-it-yourselfers” in developing a plan to strengthen their home.
For more information about the Brace + Bolt Program or the Earthquake Home Strengthening Program, please contact the City of San Leandro’s Building Division at (510) 577-3405 or visit www.sanleandro.org/depts/cd/bldg/default.asp