Housing Strategies

Photo of Mobile Home Destroyed on Big Pine Key by Hurricane Irma

Mobile home destroyed on Big Pine Key by Hurricane Irma's winds and storm surge.

Rendering of a tiny home on stilts

Artist rendition of elevated, code-compliant tiny home being built in the Keys.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the County is seeking 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.

TYPES OF PROGRAMS

REPAIR OF DAMAGED HOME

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, and impact windows, metal roof, reinforced trusses, reinforced garage door
  • Mitigates the potential impact of wind damage in a future storm

35 - Wind retrofit of house by installing hurricane shutters

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

  • 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. Click here for more information on FEMA Mitigation Reconstruction Projects

Monroe County Housing Task Force

Within a week of Hurricane Irma striking the Keys, Monroe County created a Housing Task Force that includes municipal, state and federal partners to deal first with emergency housing and now with long-term housing recovery strategies.

This task force developed a Monroe County Housing Strategy document that communicates the County and municipalities priorities for future grant programs with state and federal partners.

The task force included the County, members from each of the Keys’ five municipalities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several branches of FEMA. Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the States’ Emergency Management also participated.

FEMA Temporary Travel Trailer and Direct Leasing

FEMA's Direct Temporary Housing Program for Hurricane Irma ended March 10, 2019 - a year and a half after the storm struck on Sept. 10, 2017.

As of Dec. 26, 2018, there were 63 households living in FEMA temporary trailers in the Keys and 12 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.