Florida Department of Economic Opportunity launched a new program: Rebuild Florida.
The program will provide "critical assistance to communities" throughout Florida. Lee County and Collier County are on that list.
Rebuild Florida is a $1.4 billion disaster recovery program designed to help homeowners and businesses still trying to rebuild after Hurricane Irma .
The program has $616 million dollars to use. Only people who fit in certain categories qualify.
Rebuild Florida will prioritize:
- The most-impacted communities
- The most vulnerable low-income individuals
- The elderly
- People with disabilities, and;
- Families with young children.
The program is open to homeowners and property owners who experienced damage during Hurricane Irma.
The property should be located in the most impacted and distressed communities identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The damaged property, such as a low income home with significant roof damages, must have been caused by Hurricane Irma. The property must have also been the primary residence of the owner at the time Hurricane Irma struck on September 10, 2017.
Rental property for low-to-moderate income individuals also qualifies.
This program is designed to assist families with low-to-moderate incomes.
This includes homeowners or properties that are rented to families with low-to-moderate incomes.
Certain restrictions will apply if people received funds from The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration loans or private insurance.
The program will not provide money to repair second homes, and it will not give money directly to citizens.
People will not receive reimbursement for work that was completed on their homes before the application to the Rebuild Florida program went into effect.