October 5, 2023

Louisiana Fortify Homes Program Round 2 Opens October 16 for Eligible Homeowners Insured by Louisiana Citizens

Applicants Strongly Encouraged to Review Eligibility Information Before Applying

Commissioner Jim Donelon announced today that the Louisiana Fortify Homes Program (LFHP) will open its second round of grants at noon on October 16. Homeowners must have a policy with Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to apply for one of 1,000 grants available in the second round. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program will provide grants of up to $10,000 for homeowners to repair or replace their roofs to the FORTIFIED Roof™ standard of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). More information is available at Those interested in the program are encouraged to review eligibility information and frequently asked questions on the LFHP website to determine whether their home meets the requirements for the program.

Homeowners are required to create a profile in the LFHP system before applying for a grant and may do so by visiting LFHP staff urge homeowners who are interested in the program to create a profile before the grant application period opens as homeowners will need to log in to their profile before applying on October 16. The 500 grants that were available in the first round were awarded in just over 2 minutes, so eligible homeowners should attempt to apply as quickly as possible once the application window goes live at noon.

“Based on how quickly the first round of grants were taken and how many calls we’ve received about the Fortify Homes Program, it’s safe to say Louisianans understand the vital importance of building stronger,” said Commissioner Donelon. “In light of the interest in this program and our new laws requiring insurers to offer Fortify discounts and policy endorsements, I’m confident homeowners will soon begin to see a more stable property insurance market in south Louisiana.”

The LFHP began with enough funding to award approximately 3,000 grants. The first round of 500 grants and the second round of 1,000 grants are limited to Citizens policyholders. After the upcoming second round, the remaining 1,500 grants will be available to all eligible homeowners across the state.

The grant will cover the cost of reinforcing a roof using methods that meet or exceed the FORTIFIED Roof™ standard, which includes strengthening a building against severe storms, high winds and wind driven rain. Homeowners must meet eligibility requirements and pay all costs for the roof upgrade including permits, inspections and construction costs beyond the amount of the grant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Homeowners are only eligible for their primary residence and must verify they have a homestead exemption on the property if selected for a grant.
  • Homeowners must provide proof of an active residential insurance policy with wind coverage if selected for a grant. If they live in a Special Flood Hazard Area as designated by FEMA, they must also provide proof of a flood insurance policy. Contact your agent if you are unsure whether you have these coverages.
  • New construction homes, condominiums and mobile homes do not qualify.
  • Homes on a foundation constructed of unrestrained stacked masonry or stone (dry-stack foundation) are not eligible without an approved retrofit of the foundation.
  • Homes must be in good repair as determined by a FORTIFIED™ Evaluator. Homeowners are responsible for paying the evaluation fee, which is typically between $300 and $500.
  • Grant funds are paid directly to contractors. Homeowners are financially responsible for all costs beyond the full grant amount. Grant funding is limited to construction costs.
  • These and all other eligibility requirements and program details may be reviewed at

About the Louisiana Department of Insurance: The Louisiana Department of Insurance works to improve competition in the state’s insurance market while assisting individuals and businesses with the information and resources they need to be informed consumers of insurance. As a regulator, the LDI enforces the laws that provide a fair and stable marketplace and makes certain that insurers comply with the laws in place to protect policyholders. You can contact the LDI by calling 1-800-259-5300 or visiting