Hurricane Irma Recovery

Photo off FEMA Travel Trailers on Big Pine Key LR

It's been a year 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.


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.

Voluntary Interest Survey for Housing Grants and Programs

Please take the time to fill out and return a survey and tell us which type of program would help you in your recovery efforts and return at the address on the bottom of the survey. For more information on the programs, click here.

LONG TERM RECOVERY GROUP

A Long Term Recovery Group also has been working for months to help. Go to the LTRG's website page for more information.

HURRICANE IRMA HELPLINE FOR RESIDENTS: 

1-305-859-IRMA (4762)

  • Are you finding it hard to get back to normal? 
  • Are you having trouble determining next steps?
  • Do you need help navigating available resources?

There is help available. Call the hotline to reach Compass 82, a nonprofit that specializes in navigating disaster recovery resources. Compass 82 has partnered with Volunteer Florida to provide disaster case management to residents who were affected by Hurricane Irma. 

Irma Helpline Flyer South Florida (002)

OTHER HELP RESOURCES

FEMA TEMPORARY TRAVEL TRAILER AND DIRECT LEASING UPDATE

As of Sept. 4, 2018, there are 104 households living in FEMA temporary trailers in the Keys and 22 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 caseworkers make determinations about continued eligibility for direct housing on a monthly basis by speaking with survivors about their progress and providing rental resources.

FEMA FUNDING TO KEYS FOR IRMA

As of Sept. 4, 2018, Monroe County homeowners, renters and businesses have received more than $514 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 August 20, 2018, the County has submitted $39.8 million in projects for FEMA reimbursement. FEMA has obligated (approved) about $8.1 million and made it available to the State for distribution to the County. The State also does a review process before sending the money to the County. As of August 20, 2018, the County has received about $2.3 million 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.