Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County has launched a new program focused on reducing home insurance costs, and uncover home maintenance issues and critical home preservation obstacles.

Habitat Inspects provides qualified homeowners free wind mitigation inspection vouchers, valued at $150, to help reduce home insurance costs and maintenance issues. In addition to the free inspections, the program also provides free disaster preparedness education and home insurance courses to the public. The program will help families take preventative action to protect their most important asset, their home.

To apply for Habitat Inspects, participants must first attend Habitat U’s Disaster Preparedness & Home Insurance Class held every month. The next class is today, Wednesday, July 26 from 10 a.m. – noon at the nonprofit’s headquarters, 4116 Silver Star Road. During the class, experts will provide tips from licensed home inspectors and participants will learn how to file claims with a home insurance agent. The class is a part of Habitat U, a series of free educational classes on home ownership, offered throughout the year.

The program is made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Universal Orlando Foundation with support from Wesco and Duke Energy.

“Support from Universal Orlando Foundation and other partners helps us with our goal to not only build safe, affordable homes but to preserve and repair existing homes,” said Catherine Steck McManus, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County. “As Central Florida confronts an affordable housing crisis—made worse by inflation and supply chain challenges—community partners are essential to achieving our mission.”

The nonprofit’s new program serves as a vital component to their comprehensive plan to Face the Housing Crisis™ with its Cornerstone Housing™ Framework. The Framework aims to restore balance in the housing market by addressing key challenges while conveying the pressing need for affordable housing solutions through an evolved social service model. To learn more about the Cornerstone Housing™ Framework, visit FaceTheHousingCrisis.org.

For more information about Habitat Inspects as well as qualification criteria, click here.