WEST HOLLYWOOD—California Statewide Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program has opened applications for homeowners in the city of West Hollywood and will accept registrants until March 19.  EBB was created to provide incentives to California homeowners to seismically retrofit wood-frame residential structures by providing $3,000 in grants to be used toward a code-compliant seismic retrofit.

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. Once registration ends, homeowners will be notified if they have been selected or if they have been placed on a waiting list to participate in the program.

The EBB program is part of the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP), a joint-exercise-of-powers entity formed by its members, the California Earthquake Authority (CEA), and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

Since 2016, West Hollywood homeowners have been eligible to participate in the EBB program to assist in defraying the cost of seismic retrofits to houses. Since the program was founded in 2013, EBB grants have retrofitted more than 9,000 California homes.

For more information about seismic safety, contact the city of West Hollywood’s Building and Safety Division at (323) 848-6475. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call (323) 848-6496.