Hurricane shutters save homes in a big storm. That's why Volusia County wants the right homeowners to have them
"It's income-based, and it's based on the family's size. For a family of four, if you make $46,000 or less you would qualify," said Paula Szabo Volusia Housing Director.
Szabo said you can get up to $10,000 worth of shutters, for free, but with a few strings.
"You have to be an owner occupied house, so that's one restriction. You also have to live in the house for at least 5 years for the loan to be fully paid off, so if you live in the house for 5 years, the loan is paid off in full," Szabo said.
The shutter company gets paid by the federal government, but if you leave the home before 5 years, you would have to pay for the shutters. Former Republican congressional candidate says $16 trillion is too much debt to afford shutters.
"What they are doing is stealing from one U.S. citizen to pay for somebody else's, you know, beachfront property, which is absolutely un-American, and it's not what we are based upon," said Long. "That's part of the choice of where we want to live. If we want to live by the beach, that's great, but we have to pay for the insurance, and the shutters, and all that comes across with that."
If you own a home, you must have insurance. The feds hope free shutters will slow the growth of insurance bills.
"Right now, what we are doing is the federal government just says 'Hey through this legislative process here's a grant, we'll give you a grant, we'll give you some money and we'll put it on a tab,'" Long added.
Homeowners can get as much as 10 grand, so this grant could serve as few as 20 homes.