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Eligible families living in the areas of Dulzura, Potrero and Campo where wildfires are very prevalent will have an opportunity to applying for up-to $40,000 in home hardening and defensible space improvement grants between 2022 and 2024 from a $24 million pot of money received as part of the California Wildfire Home Hardening Program.

Today, Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the money, and after the vote, he issued the following statement:

“Families that receive these grants through this pilot program will be able to upgrade their homes with fire-resistant materials and establish more defensible space around their property,” said Chair Fletcher, who serves as President of the San Diego County Fire Protection District and Chair of the Unified Disaster Council. “As a County we have made investments in more staffing and equipment, but directly providing residents with the ability to protect their homes and loved-ones is one of the most gratifying ways we can keep San Diegans safe.

“I appreciate the commitment made by Governor Newsom, the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA to prioritize wildfire prevention, it’s vital to preserving our neighborhoods and local businesses.”    

Households that are socially vulnerable, or qualify as low or moderate-income  will be prioritized for these grant dollars. The funding comes from a combination of Federal (FEMA, funding 90% of the program) and State (CAL OES, funding 10% of the program) dollars and were awarded to San Diego County Fire, in collaboration with the California Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES) and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

To read the entire policy with all the details, click the link here.