Funds to help local homeowners replace wood shingles will soon be available.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors formally accepted an $870,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for this purpose. The Mountain Communities
Fire Safe Council had submitted the application in 2009 and will manage the funds under the auspices of the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

Considerable preliminary planning has occurred in order to gain approval. MCFSC identified 123 eligible properties and is already re-evaluating them and estimating costs.

Homeowners are responsible for paying contractors for the wooden shingle replacement. MCFSC will document the final and total costs, for which the property owner will be eligible for 75-percent reimbursement.

The grant’s performance period ends July 30, 2016.

J.P. Crumrine can be reached at [email protected]