Voluntary Home Buyout Program for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Michael

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The Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program is designed to encourage risk reduction by providing funding for local governments to purchase residential property in high flood-risk areas to help reduce the impact of future disasters.

Local governments within the federal and state designated Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) areas may apply for funding to acquire lots that are adjoined or adjacent to each other or single properties. Funds can also be used to leverage CDBG-DR funding as match for projects that are also eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

Webinar

To provide local governments with more information about the Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program, DEO hosted a webinar on September 9, 2020. A recording of the webinar, as well as the slides and transcript are available below.

Program Documents

How to Apply

To apply, complete the fillable application form, following all guidance in the program guidelines and the instructions beginning on page 17 of the application form. Completed applications should be submitted to CDBG-DR@deo.myflorida.com by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 30, 2020.

Alternatively, applications may be submitted by mail to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Office of Disaster Recovery
Attention: Joshua Bradt
The Caldwell Building
107 East Madison Street, MSC-400
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before November 30, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Local governments within the 12 state and HUD designated Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) counties are eligible to submit applications.

Hurricane Michael MID Counties Map

Program Timeline

  • August 20, 2020 - Application submission cycle opens.

  • September 9, 2020 - DEO hosts webinar to provide more information about the program.

  • November 30, 2020: Application submission cycle closes at 5:00 p.m. EST.

 Mailing List

  • Sign up for our mailing list for Hurricane Michael updates here.

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