Hurricane Irma Recovery
It's been more than a year since Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys on Sept. 10, 2017. Some of our residents and business owners are still struggling to recover. Monroe County staff have been working on obtaining a variety of federal and state grants to help in the community's long-term recovery. On Sept. 24, Rebuild Florida was launched. It's a state run program with federal funding.
REGISTER NOW FOR REBUILD FLORIDA: Deadline Dec. 23
The Federal Government appropriated funding through the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) to respond to Hurricane Irma impacts. Florida is slated to receive $616 million in the first round. This money will help families/residents whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by Hurricane Irma repair or rebuild their homes. The GREAT NEWS: $90 Million has been set aside for the Florida Keys in the first round.
Who is eligible?
Rebuild Florida is a program open to residents with low income who own their homes and also to owners of rental properties who rent to residents with low incomes. The 2017 maximum levels in the Keys to meet low income are as follows, based on the size of the household. Note: 2018 numbers are not available yet.
- 1 person: $51,450
- 2 people: $58,800
- 3 people: $66,150
- 4 people: $73,500
- 5 people: $79,400
- 6 people: $85, 300
- 7 people: $91,150
- 8 people: $97,050
How can I register?
There are four ways Monroe County residents can register for Rebuild Florida:
- Call 1-844-833-1010
- Go to www.rebuildflorida.gov
- Go to Rebuild Florida Center, 2796 Overseas Highway in Marathon, Mondays - Saturdays, 9 am. to 5 p.m. (more information below)
- Visit a Mobile Rebuild Florida Bus (schedule below)
Rebuild Florida Mobile Bus in the Keys Week of Oct. 15-20
A Rebuild Florida bus, run by the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, will be at three locations in the Keys this week. It's a mobile center with case managers on hand to help people of low or moderate income whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the storm. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Oct. 15-17 in Key West: Key West City Hall Parking Lot, 1300 White Street
- Oct. 18 in Islamorada: Founder’s Park, 87000 Overseas Hwy
- Oct. 19-20 on BIg Pine Key: Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Center, 30300 Overseas Highway
First Rebuild Florida Center Opens in Marathon
The first of nine Rebuild Florida centers around the state opened Sept. 24 in Monroe County. At the center, case managers are available to help homeowners register for the program. The center, located at 2796 Overseas Highway in Marathon (the state building next to the Marathon Government Center), will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be the only center in the Keys. Residents only need to bring ID to register.
For more information about Rebuild Florida, go to the County's webpage: Florida Rebuild Opens a New Window. .
For more Information on Grants & Funding:
- For more information about Irma Housing Grants and Programs, click here.
- For more information about HUD Funding for Irma Recovery, click here.
LONG TERM RECOVERY GROUP
HURRICANE IRMA HELPLINE FOR RESIDENTS:
- Are you finding it hard to get back to normal?
- Are you having trouble determining next steps?
- Do you need help navigating available resources?
There is help available. Call the hotline to reach Compass 82, a nonprofit that specializes in navigating disaster recovery resources. Compass 82 has partnered with Volunteer Florida to provide disaster case management to residents who were affected by Hurricane Irma.
OTHER HELP RESOURCES
- FEMA's fact sheet on Resources for Unmet Needs of Hurricane Irma Survivors.
- For information about Monroe County Housing Task Force and long-term housing recovery strategies from Irma, click here.
- For information about Irma Housing Grants and Programs, click here.
- Monroe County Social Services offers a variety of services to help people recovering from Hurricane Irma.
- Habitat for Humanity's Irma Recovery Critical Home Repair
- FEMA's How to Create Permanent Housing Plans
- FEMA's Rebuilding Safer, Stronger, Smarter: Considerations for Homeowners Fact Sheet
FEMA TEMPORARY TRAVEL TRAILER AND DIRECT LEASING UPDATE
As of Sept. 4, 2018, there are 104 households living in FEMA temporary trailers in the Keys and 22 households living in FEMA direct-leased properties. This is down from the original 243 households (215 in travel trailers and 28 in direct-leased properties) who have stayed temporarily in housing supplied by FEMA.
- All FEMA-eligible survivors have been housed. To remain eligible for FEMA’s emergency temporary housing, survivors must continue to work on a permanent housing plan.
- FEMA caseworkers make determinations about continued eligibility for direct housing on a monthly basis by speaking with survivors about their progress and providing rental resources.
FEMA FUNDING TO KEYS FOR IRMA
As of Sept. 4, 2018, Monroe County homeowners, renters and businesses have received more than $514 million in federal funding to help them recover from Hurricane Irma, according to information provided by FEMA.
MONROE COUNTY FINANCIAL UPDATE FROM IRMA
As of August 20, 2018, the County has submitted $39.8 million in projects for FEMA reimbursement. FEMA has obligated (approved) about $8.1 million and made it available to the State for distribution to the County. The State also does a review process before sending the money to the County. As of August 20, 2018, the County has received about $2.3 million from the state of the County's FEMA-obligated funds.
REENTRY PROGRAM TASK FORCE
Monroe County Emergency Management led a 16-person Reentry Program Core Task Force that examined the current reentry program following mandatory evacuations in Monroe County for Hurricane Irma.