Ten lucky homeowners in the Eagle Rock and Highland Park neighborhoods have been selected for the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) and may now each receive up to $3,000 to complete seismic retrofits.
The project is part of the Earthquake Brace + Bolt pilot program, which offered single-family residential homeowners in the 90042 and 90041 zip codes of Highland Park and Eagle Rock an opportunity to get a rebate aimed at the seismic retrofitting and strengthening of houses for protection against earthquakes. During its 30-day registration period, the pilot program received nearly 150 applications from residents, according to a press release.
Called Earthquake Brace + Bolt: Funds To Strengthen Your Foundation Pilot Program, the offer was part of a so-called “joint powers authority” created by the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
“The purpose of Earthquake Brace + Bolt is to decrease the physical and financial damage of earthquakes on single-family residential homes in California that meet specific criteria,” according to a program representative.
The 90041 and 90042 zip codes were chosen as a pilot market because of the number of houses there that "meet the criteria for a retrofit," the representative said, adding: "The other area is Rockridge in Oakland."
Seismic retrofitting typically costs from $2,000 to $10,000. Under the California Residential Mitigation Program, homeowners whose houses meet certain criteria will be prequalified and their applications entered into database. The winners were randomly selected.
Retrofits are expected to take place later this year, and completion is expected by spring 2014.
Ajay Singh contributed to this report.