Hurricane Irma Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Program

The DEO Office of Disaster Recovery, in partnership with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing), has launched the Rebuild Florida Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Program. The program provides $140 million for the construction of new affordable workforce housing to help address housing shortages worsened by Hurricane Irma. This funding is awarded by DEO’s Rebuild Florida program and will be administered by Florida Housing.

Through this agreement, the Rebuild Florida Workforce Housing Program will fund the creation of quality resilient affordable housing units. Florida Housing will launch a competitive application cycle, allowing housing developers and public housing authorities with experience in the development and management of rental properties to apply for funding. Local governments may partner with these entities to apply for funds.

Any proposed developments must help address the unmet recovery needs in the federally identified most-impacted and distressed areas. All developments funded will be required to meet the following criteria:

  • Green Building Standards
  • Energy Efficiency Standards
  • Accessibility and Visitability Standards
  • Resiliency Standards


  • The Request for Applications for this program along with workshop notices and other information is posted on Florida Housing's website.

    Timeline


    • June 20, 2019 - Governor Ron DeSantis and DEO announced $140 Million in CDBG-DR funding to be allocated for new affordable housing construction through an agreement with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
    • July 2019 - The Florida Housing Finance Corporation issued a request for application offering $25 million of the Rebuild Florida Workforce Housing Program funding for construction of workforce housing in Monroe County, plus $10 million to acquire land for those projects.
    • Sept. 20, 2019 - The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced the approval of funding for four developments in Monroe County.
    • December 12, 2019 - The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced the approval of funding for 23 developments in hurricane-impacted counties in Florida.

     Mailing List

    • Sign up for updates about Rebuild Florida assistance for Hurricane Irma-impacted areas here.

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