City of San Leandro, CA

01/25/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2017 11:51

City of San Leandro Announces Seismic Retrofit Incentive Program

The San Leandro City Council announced that for the third year in a row, San Leandro homeowners are eligible to receive as much as $3,000 to help strengthen their homes in the event of a major earthquake. Qualified homeowners in the 94577, 94578 and 94579 zip codes can apply for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program from January 25 to February 27 via the program's website: Participating homeowners will be selected by a random drawing and all qualifying homeowners who were not selected, will be placed on a program wait-list.

Qualifying homes must meet a set of criteria that includes:

  • Built on a level or low-slope site,

  • Sit on a raised foundation with a four-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor,

  • Built before 1979 with unbolted foundations and/or have a crawl space, and

  • Have unbraced 'cripple walls' surrounding the crawl space.

Last year, 114 lucky San Leandro homeowners were awarded up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes.

About the Program

The Brace + Bolt Program is funded through the California Residential Mitigation Program(CRMP) and offers financial incentives to help California homeowners retrofit their houses to reduce potential damage from earthquakes. A residential seismic retrofit makes a house more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure by bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space.

The Brace + Bolt Program complements the City of San Leandro's award-winning Earthquake Home Strengthening Course. This four session course assists 'do-it-yourselfers' in developing a plan to strengthen their home.

For more information about the Brace + Bolt Program or the Earthquake Home Strengthening Program, please contact the City of San Leandro's Building Division at (510) 577-3405 or visit the department's website.

About San Leandro

One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 89,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (, a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro's industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.

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