Earthquake Retrofitting Grants Open to California Residents

Posted October 26, 2022, under Blog

If you live in California, there are over 500 zip codes that now qualify for earthquake retrofitting grants for up to $3,000.

Through residents can apply through November 29th for a grant to have their single-family home foundations retrofitted for earthquakes.

The goal is for California to get as many vulnerable structures retrofitted for earthquakes, so that in the event of a large seismic disaster these properties will be better protected to handle the intense shaking.

We saw the damage earthquakes can do in the 1971 Sylmar quake, the 1994 Northridge quake, and the 2014 Napa quake.

The earthquake retrofitting grants have been funded by the Federal Emergency Management agency, with $80 million allocated to the cause.

Homes most at-risk are those that have been built before 1980 and especially before 1940, and those that have numerous steps above the ground.

These homes lack the structural reinforcements necessary – primarily due to their outdated building and safety codes — to keep these homes from sliding off their foundation during extreme shaking. In fact, it’s estimated that there are 1.2 million homes in California with this structural defect.

“It’s like you’re pulling the rug out from under the house,” said Janiele Maffei, the executive director of the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program and a structural engineer. The program, part of the California Residential Mitigation Program, has helped pay for the retrofits of 17,600 houses since 2014.

“With this $80 million, we’ll be more than doubling the number of houses” that will receive funds for this retrofit, Maffei added.

Most earthquake retrofits in California cost between $3,000 to $5,000, with the cost being lower in Southern California in comparison to Northern California.

Families from lower incomes may also qualify for additional grants to retrofit their properties.

If think your home may be in need of earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.

We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!

Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building and maintaining foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.

When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.

And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.

Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.

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