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Protecting Good: Helping homeowners prepare for storms

The grant program helps qualified homeowners install a storm-resistant roof

A walking tour of the Norwood community on Birmingham’s northside allowed officials to review homes that had completed roof repairs, like this one, as well as see others that still need to be retrofitted.

A public-private partnership is helping to transform Birmingham’s historic Northside neighborhoods to be better prepared for severe weather.

Recently community leaders, including Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, Protective Life CEO Richard Bielen and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety CEO Roy Wright, took a tour of homes recently upgraded with a Fortified storm-resistant roof.

The retrofit of more than 50 homes has been completed. Qualified homeowners received up to $25,000 to repair their homes and install a new roof that is able to withstand winds up to 130 miles per hour. The funding came from the Alabama Department of Insurance’s Strengthen Alabama Homes program, the City of Birmingham’s Community Development Block Grant and seed money from Protective Life.

Construction on another 50 homes is set to be complete in 2023.

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

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