“The Earthquake Brace + Bolt program provides homeowners up to $3,000 to strengthen their foundation and lessen the potential for earthquake damage. A typical retrofit can cost between $2,000 and $10,000.
Houses that meet the state building code retrofit criteria typically were:
- constructed before 1979
- built on a level or low slope site
- constructed with a four-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor
- have a raised foundation
Homeowners must complete the qualification questionnaire answering questions about their house and agree to the terms of the program to be considered for participation in the program.
There are several locations in Northern and Southern California that will be included in the program. These areas were selected because they have a high concentration of houses that meet certain state building code retrofit criteria for existing single-family buildings.
As of January 15, 2015 houses must be located in the following ZIP Codes to be eligible for participation in the program.
Homeowners in these ZIP Codes can register for EBB from January 15, 2015 through February 15, 2015. Space is limited.
Selection of program participants will be made after registration has closed. There will be a random drawing and homeowners will be notified by email if they have been selected to participate.”