Deadline close for Hurricane Irma damage grants

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

Hurricane Irma
Ken Lawson

TALLAHASSEE ‒ If you are a homeowner with damage remaining from Hurricane Irma, you can still register for assistance from Rebuild Florida. The deadline is Friday, March 29. Registration is the first step in the process and it can be completed in 15-30 minutes.

Rebuild Florida is a long-term recovery effort with nearly $350 million in federal funding dedicated to repairing, rebuilding or replacing the homes of Florida families that were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

“Governor Ron DeSantis is dedicated to helping Florida families still in need after Hurricane Irma,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson.

“We have extended the Rebuild Florida registration deadline to allow as many homeowners as possible to register for assistance and I encourage anyone who still has damage from Hurricane Irma to visit RebuildFlorida.gov to get help.”

State, federal partnership

Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program helps eligible homeowners impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Rebuild Florida helps repair, rebuild or replace damaged homes across the hardest-hit communities of the state, with priority funding for those low-income residents who are elderly, disabled, families with children under the age of 18 or persons displaced from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands who are permanently resettling in Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma or Maria.

Nine Rebuild Florida centers will remain open across the state to serve as local resources for homeowners to begin the disaster recovery process. Centers are open Monday through Saturday with case managers available to help homeowners complete the registration process.

Homeowners can also visit RebuildFlorida.gov or call the Rebuild Florida customer center at 844-833-1010 to receive assistance.

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