Nov 17, 2009 8:54 AM by sleonard
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana residents are eligible for grants to pay for storm shutters and other hurricane protection improvements to their homes.
This week, the state is mailing out applications to more than 100,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita for storm mitigation grants of up to $7,500.
The forms are going to residents who already have applied for grants from the state's Road Home program for rebuilding and repairing homes damaged by the 2005 hurricanes.
The type of work funded by the mitigation grants includes door strengthening, elevating electrical panels or air conditioning units and bolting roofs to walls. Homeowners who already have made
some of these improvements may be eligible for reimbursement.
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