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Posted on: January 11, 2019

REBUILD FLORIDA ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LANDLORDS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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Rebuild Florida is a federally funded program for homeowners who meet eligibility requirements and need financial assistance to repair, elevate, rebuild or replace a structure that was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

Rebuild Florida reconstruction funds also are available to owners of rental properties who rent housing to people who meet affordable/workforce income levels. The landlord must agree to continue to rent to people who meet those income levels to be eligible.

Rental property owners will be prioritized based on the household characteristics they rent to and on the order that the applications are received. Characteristics of the tenants must include at least one of the following:

  • Households with incomes less than the low-income category. For a family of four it is $70,500 in Monroe County.
  • Households with seniors age 62 and older
  • Households with children under age 18
  • Households with special needs or special accommodation requirements (disabled)

The Rebuild Florida program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will assist eligible homeowners through every step of the process. After DEO and a homeowner reach an agreement on the needed construction assistance, DEO will contract directly with qualified contractors to repair, rebuild, elevate or replace a damaged home. In the first phase of the multi-phased Rebuild Florida program, $50 million is earmarked for Monroe County. This funding is a grant, not a loan.

The Rebuild Florida registration has been extended to March 29, 2019.

To register for Rebuild Florida:

  • Go online to www.RebuildFlorida.gov
  • Call 844-833-1010
  • Visit the Rebuild Florida center at 2796 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

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