FEMA-funded STEP Program

In Monroe County, FEMA instituted a new Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program known as STEP. This grant program only has been implemented twice before – after Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast and following flooding in and around Baton Rouge, La.

STEP is a rapid repair program which enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irma to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for this livable area of the home. The program is at no cost to the homeowner.

STEP is not a permanent repair program. STEP is meant to provide the most basic, life -sustaining needs for emergency sheltering. Repairs are capped at $20,000.

STEP was available for disaster-damaged single family, owner-occupied residential properties in Monroe County. These include duplexes, townhomes, modular homes and permanently placed mobile homes. 

The program was completed on March 30, 2018


  • Total Applicants: 301
  • Total Rights of Entry Obtained: 204
  • Total Initial Scopes of Work (Inspections) Completed: 185
  • Total Completed Homes: 132
  • Total Eligible Project Cost (Outreach through Project Completion): $2,067,507.73*

*Contractual expenditures (AI & SLS); excludes County time and permit processing costs

The average Scope of Work Cost Per Home (which includes construction management fees) is $15,662.93. 

A home was not eligible if it could not be made safe for sheltering purposes, including due to the presence of excessive toxic or hazardous materials, for less than the $20,000 cap. 

Monroe County is the recipient of the FEMA grant for the STEP program, which is being administered by the State of Florida. The contracted work for the repairs is paid directly by Monroe County.