IRMA Housing Grants and Programs

The future after IRMA


In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the County will be eligible to seek funding from various State and Federal agencies starting in 2018 and continuing for future years.

County Commissioners are focused on providing as much opportunity to residents as possible. The County will apply for the grants that become available. Each program has specific rules and programs that can benefit Monroe County property owners.

Over the next several months, County staff will be seeking voluntary input from property owners to determine which programs they would be interested in to improve their homes.

The goal of these programs is to further protect your house from flooding and minimize future damages and losses; and improve the overall situation in the County in preparation for future storms to prevent damage, debris, and overall hard times for residents. Please take the time to fill out and return a survey and tell us which type of program would help you in your recovery efforts and return at the address on the bottom of the survey.

 

The following programs are being considered:

REPAIR OF DAMAGED HOME, which:

  • Assists families in recovery
  • Assures improvements to homes are code compliant and will be safer in a future storm
34-35 Repair of Damaged Home

REPLACEMENT OF DAMAGED HOME WITH CODE COMPLIANT HOME, which:

  • Mitigates the potential impact of flooding and wind damage in a future storm
Replacement of Damaged Home with Code Compliant Home

ACQUISITION OF HOME AND RELOCATION TO ANOTHER SAFER LOCATION, which: 

  • Relocates families to higher ground out of harm’s way
  • Eliminates future flood damages and health and safety risks for owners and rescuers
  • Reduces repetitive subsidized flood insurance payments and federal disaster assistance
Acquisition of Land and Relocation of Home

ELEVATE HOME ABOVE FLOODPLAIN, which:

  • Relocates families to higher ground out of harm’s way
  • Eliminates future flood damages and health and safety risks for owners and rescuers
  • Reduces repetitive subsidized flood insurance payments and federal disaster assistance
Elevate Home above Floodplain

WIND RETROFITTING BY INSTALLING HURRICANE STRAPS, SHUTTERS OR IMPACT WINDOWS, METAL ROOF, REINFORCED TRUSSES, REINFORCED GARAGE DOOR, which:

  • Mitigates the potential impact of wind damage in a future storm
35 - Wind retrofit of house by installing hurricane shutters

35 - Wind retrofit of house 1

VOLUNTARILY SELL LAND AND HOUSE TO THE COUNTY SO OWNER CAN MOVE TO A DIFFERENT HOME, which:

  • Relocates families to higher ground out of harm’s way.
  • Eliminates future flood damages and health and safety risks for owners and rescuers.
  • Reduces repetitive subsidized flood insurance payments and federal disaster assistance.
  • Restores floodplain to its natural and beneficial function for stormwater storage.
  • Creates open space with the potential for community amenities (i.e. parks, gardens, playing fields, etc.). 
Voluntarily Sell Land and House to County so owner can move to different home

FEMA Mitigation Reconstruction Projects

Mitigation Reconstruction is one of the eligible projects under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). A Mitigation Reconstruction project is the construction of an improved, elevated building on the same site where an existing building and/or foundation has been partially or completely demolished or destroyed.