Rebuild Florida Now Available to Help Homeowners in Monroe County Recover From Hurricane Irma
REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 29, 2019
CENTER OPEN IN MARATHON
MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9AM TO 5PM
Rebuild Florida is a program of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), created to help Florida recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma. The first phase of Rebuild Florida is the Housing Repair Program, which will assist families to rebuild their homes that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017, causing destruction and damage to thousands of homes in its path. The state of Florida is committed to helping homeowners affected by the storm by rebuilding or replacing damaged homes.
Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which approved funding to local communities for Florida's long-term recovery efforts after the 2017 hurricane season. Rebuild Florida Housing Repair funds will help eligible homeowners impacted by Hurricane Irma and individuals and families from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands displaced by Hurricane Maria. Rebuild Florida will repair and rebuild damaged homes across the hardest-hit communities of our state, with priority funding for those low-income residents who are most vulnerable, including the elderly, those with disabilities and families with children aged five and younger.
If you believe you may be eligible for assistance, please visit RebuildFlorida.gov to register or call Rebuild Florida at 844-833-1010. You can also go to a Rebuild Florida center to receive help with registration. REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO MARCH 29, 2019.
REBUILD FLORIDA CENTER IS OPEN IN MARATHON
A Rebuild center is now open in Marathon, case managers are available to help homeowners register for the program. The center, located at 2796 Overseas Highway, 2nd Floor, 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.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REBUILD FLORIDA IN MONROE COUNTY
In the first phase, $50 million is earmarked for Monroe County homeowners to rebuild, repair and elevate their homes due to damage or destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. This funding is a grant, not a loan.
More than 950 households have registered for the assistance in Monroe County. And, more than a third of those households already have met the priority applicant threshold and have been issued applications to move forward in the process, according to DEO.
In Monroe County, 1,179 homes were destroyed throughout the Florida Keys, with another 2,977 suffering major damage from Hurricane Irma, according to the Approximate Damage Assessment report.
To be eligible for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program, homes must have suffered damage from Hurricane Irma. The program is for households in the low- and moderate-income levels. For example, the income limit for a household of four people is $105,840. More Monroe County income ranges can be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/rebuildflorida.
However, priority will be given to the most vulnerable households with seniors age 62+, with children under the age of 18, those with special needs or special accommodation requirements (including disability), and persons displaced from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands who are permanently resettling in Florida.
To register for this program, homeowners can:
- Go online to www.RebuildFlorida.gov
- Call 844-833-1010
- Visit the Rebuild Florida center at 2796 Overseas Highway in Marathon
Visit a mobile bus. The evolving schedule is located on www.rebuildflorida.gov.