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Rebuild Florida Centers Open in Lee and Collier Counties to Help Local Families Repair and Rebuild Homes Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Sep 26, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity opened Rebuild Florida centers in Lee and Collier counties to help Florida homeowners repair and rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

DEO Director Cissy Proctor said, “Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott, we are working hard to give communities across the state the assistance they need after Hurricane Irma. In coordination with our federal and local partners, we are fully committed to helping Florida’s families recover from this devastating disaster.”

Rebuild Florida, a program of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will connect eligible Florida homeowners with federal disaster recovery funding to repair and rebuild homes. The program will initially serve those in the federally designated most impacted and distressed areas.

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto said, “I'm thankful that those most in need in our community are getting access to funding that will help them recover from Hurricane Irma. We look forward to working together with Governor Scott and his administration to help Southwest Florida families rebuild their lives.” 

In these hardest-hit communities, funding will prioritize the most vulnerable populations including low-income households with seniors age 62 and older, households with children age 5 or younger, individuals with disabilities and those displaced from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands who are permanently resettling in Florida. Owners of rental properties also may qualify if they are renting to low or moderate-income Floridians.

The Lee and Collier Rebuild Florida centers will serve as local resource for homeowners to begin the disaster recovery process. The centers will be open Monday through Saturday so case managers can help homeowners complete the 15-30 minute registration process. Homeowners have until December 23 to begin the registration process. The Lee center is located at 2295 Victoria Ave. in Fort Myers. The Collier center is located at 3050 Horseshoe Dr. North in Naples. Homeowners may also visit or call the Rebuild Florida customer center at 844-833-1010 to receive assistance with registration.


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