The City of Oklahoma City is giving away about 235 storm shelters to Oklahoma City homeowners who qualify based on their household income.
“This program is a blessing to homeowners who want an in-ground or above ground shelter but found the cost to be out of reach,” said program coordinator Bob Dailey. “A storm shelter is a family's best defense against a tornado.”
According to city officials, to qualify, a single person can earn up to $34,400, a family of two can earn up to $39,300; a family of three can earn up to $44,200, a family of four can earn up to $49,100, a family of five can earn up to $53,050 and a family of six can earn up to $57,000.
The storm shelters are available on a first come, first served basis to Oklahoma City residents who were affected in some way by the May 19-20 or 31, 2013 storms. Damage as insignificant as downed branches qualifies.
Residents can log on to www.okc.gov or call 297-2846 to pre-qualify for a storm shelter. The applicant must own and live in the home to qualify. Rental property is not eligible for a shelter.
Funding for the shelters is provided through U.S. Department of Housing Development (HUD).