District 1 Newsletter
January 2012
Grant Provides Qualified Homeowners With Financial Assistance for Home Repairs
Financial help to protect your home against the high winds of a hurricane may be only a phone call away. Thanks to a $2 million federal grant, homeowners who qualify can get repairs on their existing homes. The maximum award is $40,000. The repairs are limited to:
  • Roof repair and replacement
  • Hurricane shutters
  • Window and Door repairs and replacement

In order to qualify for this grant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Up to 80 percent Broward County median income (which is $61,800)
  • Owner occupied single-family property
  • Homestead property
  • Current homeowner’s insurance
  • Be current with existing mortgage and property taxes

The award will be placed as a second mortgage, which will be forgiven after 10 years. No payments are required if you are in compliance with the terms of the program. To apply for the grant, call Broward Alliance for Neighborhood Development (BAND) at 954-581-9899, or Community Redevelopment Associates of Florida at 954-431-7866.

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County Grant Encourages Residents and Businesses to Install Energy –Saving Rooftop Solar Systems

If you are thinking about installing a rooftop solar system, Broward County may be able to help. The County has received a $646,367 grant to help reduce the costs and wait times for installing photovoltaic (PV), or rooftop solar systems, for homeowners and businesses.

The Rooftop Solar Challenge grant is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s $12 million SunShot Initiative. The program’s goal is to help expand solar energy uses by streamlining the application, permitting and installation processes for the PV systems.

“You would think that Florida would be ahead in the solar energy technology, but the truth is that we have been behind the times,” said Commissioner Ilene Lieberman. “This grant will help expedite installing solar solutions as an alternative energy source as the benefits become more and more popular.”

Broward County is the only government agency or organization in Florida to receive funds from this program, and only one of 22 in the nation. In District 1, the cities of Davie, Sunrise and Tamarac have partnered with Broward County on the grant.

The grant also provides a new online application process, which streamlines the process and provides financing options along with standardized fees.

This is the first of three phases of the grant with the Department of Energy. After phase one, Broward County will be eligible to receive an additional $2 million to assist in developing similar programs regionally, and eventually statewide. The Rooftop Solar Challenge is expected to save participating governmental agencies millions of dollars, generate additional money in tax revenues and help stimulate the economy.

If you have any questions about the program, please call the County’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards at 954-357-5338.

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Broward Needs You to Save Water, and We’ll Pay You to Do It

Toilet

Saving water is not only good for our environment, but it’s vital to make sure there is a supply of water to drink that is clean and plentiful. That’s why Broward County is trying to make it easy for you to save money and be water-conscious as well.

The Broward Water Partnership is offering rebates if you replace your old water-gushing toilet for water-conserving toilets. The new, high-efficiency toilets work just as well as your old ones, but will save you money and help the environment, which is an added bonus.

And, that’s not all.

You may be able to receive a water-conserving showerhead and faucet aerators, too. If you use pre-rinse spray valves in your business, a new one could be yours for free if you qualify.

It’s hard to believe, but toilets can account for up to 30 to 35 percent of the water used in your home every day. Depending on how old your toilets are, the high-efficiency toilets could save up to 77 percent with every flush. Using less water may also save you money on your utility bill.

The Broward Water Partnership Program has developed a step-by-step process to make it as simple and rewarding as possible for homeowners and businesses. The number of rebates and incentives are limited, so when they run out, they will not be available again until October 2012.

For more information, visit conservationpays.com or call my district office at: 954-357-7001.

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The Broward County Commission meets generally on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. (Commission Meeting Schedule and Agenda are listed here.)

Residents can view live coverage of the Commission meetings on Comcast Cable channels 12 and 77; Advanced Communications channels 64 and 25; AT&T U-verse channel 99, and through the County's website at Broward.org/video. The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.

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