Hurricane Irma Recovery
It's been nearly nine months 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.
Disaster Case Management Services
COMPASS 82, a nonprofit that specializes in navigating disaster recovery resources, has partnered with VF Volunteer Florida to provide Disaster Case Management to residents of Monroe County who were affected by Hurricane Irma.
They recently have set up a hotline: 1-305-859-IRMA (4762). It is for people who are finding it hard to get back to normal, having trouble determining their next steps and need help navigating available resources.
FEDERAL HUD GRANTS
The Federal Government recently appropriated funding through the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) to respond to Hurricane Irma impacts. Florida is slated to receive close to $616 million, in the first round. The funding will be administrated through the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program (CDRG-DR). DEO has prepared a draft action plan for these funds.
The GREAT NEWS: $90 Million has been set aside for the Florida Keys.
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
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 UPDATE
There has been some confusion that the June 1, 2018 date, the start of hurricane season, was a hard deadline for FEMA temporary travel trailers to be removed from the Keys. FEMA says this date is only a "goal."
Here is an update on this issue from the FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
"FEMA’s individuals and households (IHP) program is a month to month program that runs up to 18 months from the date of disaster declaration (9/10/2017).
Therefore, in the absence of a donation program (at this time there is no donation program agreed upon by the State), the guidance for the IHP program is in force.
Those survivors that meet the recertification requirements (those who can demonstrate that they are actively working towards their permanent housing plan) for housing assistance may remain in travel trailers beyond the 1 June date."
DIRECT HOUSING FROM FEMA
As of June 4, 2018, there are about 129 households living in FEMA temporary trailers in the Keys and 23 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 makes determinations about continued eligibility for direct housing on a monthly basis by speaking with survivors about their progress.
FEMA FUNDING TO KEYS FOR IRMA
As of May 10, Monroe County homeowners, renters and businesses have received more than $428 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 April 30, 2018, the County has submitted $34.9 million in projects for FEMA reimbursement. FEMA has obligated about $3.3 million to the State, which also does a review process before sending the money to the County. As of May 11, the County has received $604,000 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.