Hurricane Irma

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On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm and made a second landfall near Marco Island before moving north through the center of the state causing widespread damage.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the state of Florida would receive CDBG-DR funding to support long-term recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. Working with impacted communities around the state, the Office of Disaster Recovery developed an action plan to guide how this funding will address unmet recovery needs through the following assistance programs: 


Housing Programs

Economic Development Programs

Infrastructure Programs


Hurricane Irma Implementation Plan

Hurricane Irma Action Plan

Hurricane Irma Action Plan Amendments

Substantial Amendment 10 Initial Draft for Public Comment

An initial draft of Substantial Amendment 10 to the Hurricane Irma Action Plan was posted for public comment on May 13, 2020. The public comment period will end on June 12, 2020.  

Comments should be e-mailed to the Office of Disaster Recovery inbox at cdbg-dr@deo.myflorida.com.

Comments may also be submitted by mail to:

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


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Hurricane Irma Timeline

  • September 2017: Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida; congress appropriates $7.4 billion to support disaster recovery nationwide through CDBG-DR program.
  • November 2017: HUD announced Florida will receive approximately $616 million to support long-term recovery for Hurricane Irma.
  • December 2017: DEO began data assessment of unmet needs.
  • February 2018: HUD released guidance that must be followed by state and local governments to access the funding and describe which counties will receive the majority (80%) of the funding.
  • March 2018: DEO conducted community outreach with each area that HUD identified as most-impacted and distressed in the federal register. During each meeting, discussions were held to provide an overview of CDBG-DR and receive feedback on programs that would be most helpful to the impacted communities.
  • April 2018: DEO solicited feedback of unmet needs and priorities for recovery from additional communities impacted by Hurricane Irma and conducted an additional webinar on the unmet needs data assessment and requested feedback from the communities.
  • April 20, 2018: DEO published an initial draft action plan for long-term recovery online for a 14-day public comment period. 
  • May 2018: DEO finalized the action plan and submitted to HUD.   
  • June 2018: HUD approved the State of Florida Action Plan For Disaster Recovery.
  • July 2018: DEO received a grant agreement from HUD and returned it to HUD for execution.
  • August 2018: DEO received a second federal register from HUD allocating an additional $157 million to Florida. This new federal register added more communities as “most impacted and distressed."
  • September 2018: DEO launched registration for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program
  • June 20, 2019: DEO, through an agreement with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, launched the Rebuild Florida Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Program.
  • July 16, 2019: DEO launched applications for the Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program.
  • July 29, 2019: DEO launched applications for the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program.
  • September 20, 2019: The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced the approval of funding for four developments in Monroe County for the Rebuild Florida Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Program.
  • October 28, 2019: DEO launched applications for the Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program.
  • December 3, 2019: An additional $36.8 million in CDBG-DR funding allocated to Florida for Hurricane Irma recovery, bringing the total allocation to $812 million.
  • December 3, 2019: Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $44 million in CDBG-DR funding has been awarded to 11 Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through DEO Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program.
  • December 12, 2019: The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced the approval of funding for 23 developments in hurricane-impacted counties in Florida for the Rebuild Florida Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Program.
  • January 30, 2020: Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $84 million has been awarded to 21 communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through DEO Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program.
  • February 26, 2020: Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $14 million has been awarded to seven organizations through DEO Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program.

 

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