In Monroe County, FEMA is offering a new Sheltering and Temporary
Essential Power program known as STEP. This grant program only has been
implemented twice before – after Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast and
following flooding in and around Baton Rouge, La.
STEP is a rapid repair program which enables eligible individuals
or families whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irma to take shelter in
their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen,
bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for this livable area of the home.
The program is at no cost to the homeowner.
STEP is not
a permanent repair program. STEP is meant to provide the most basic, life
-sustaining needs for emergency sheltering. Repairs are capped at $20,000.
available for disaster-damaged single
residential properties in Monroe County. These include duplexes,
townhomes, modular homes and permanently placed mobile homes. Other types of
owner occupied residences may be eligible, subject to approval by the Federal
Coordinating Officer (FCO) on a case-by-case basis.
If you own
the mobile home and live in the mobile home, but lease the site where it is
located, you are eligible for the program.
A home is
not eligible if it cannot be made safe for sheltering purposes, including due
to the presence of excessive toxic or hazardous materials, for less than the
$20,000 cap. However, if the price to make it livable is not much more than
$20,000, it is possible to have volunteer groups, the homeowners or others do
some of the cleanup or repairs to make the contracted work price tag fall under
STEP Is NOT available for travel trailers, RVs, commercial
properties and commonly owned areas, structures or equipment.
Anyone who wants to participate in FEMA’s Step
Program must first apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance. The deadline to do
so has been extended to Nov. 24, 2017.
for the STEP program, call the STEP hotline at 1-800-960-5860. It is open Monday
through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After applying by phone, required
County is the recipient of the FEMA grant for the STEP program, which is being administered
by the State of Florida. The contracted work for the repairs is paid directly
by Monroe County
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