Florida Housing will donate $5 million to help those affected by Ian

Families, seniors and people living in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties can apply for disaster assistance.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – More help is on the way as residents of Southwest Florida continue to recover from the impacts left by Hurricane Ian.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation will provide $5 million to local housing corporations in six counties heavily affected by the storm to help people pay their home insurance deductibles, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said in a news release on Saturday.

Families, seniors and individuals living in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties can apply and see if they are eligible through local Florida Housing partners to receive financial assistance. Owners are asked to contact their local SHIP office for more information.

“Following the impacts of Hurricane Ian, it was really important for us to make sure people could get home and rebuild as quickly as possible,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We know many homeowners had storm cover, but insurance deductibles are expensive and often a gap not covered by other backers. These funds will immediately help families and seniors of limited means move closer to recovery.

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The State Housing Initiatives Partnership program has set aside $5 million from the Legislature to be in case of the natural disasters mentioned in the press release.

“We know that many hard-working families and seniors on fixed incomes live in areas affected by Hurricane Ian,” Trey Price, executive director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation, said in a statement. “Hurricane deductibles are larger than typical deductibles for home damage, and many affected people are not ready to pay tens of thousands of dollars to begin rebuilding their homes.

“By providing the financial assistance needed to help these families pay their insurance deductibles, we hope this will ease some of the burden that comes after a major storm and allow them to stay focused on recovery.”

The governor’s office included in the press release a list of other resources provided by Florida Housing to assist those affected by the hurricane. You can see them below:

  • People who have been displaced from their homes are encouraged to visit www.FloridaHousingSearch.org. This free, statewide search platform is constantly updated to ensure all listings are accurate and can help locate an affordable rental property quickly. If you do not have Internet access, you can also call the following toll-free number for help with a search: 1-877-428-8844.
  • If your home was damaged as a result of the storm, your local State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program office may have recovery assistance available to help with temporary relocation, rental, debris removal and/or or repair your home. Please contact your local SHIP office directly for more information: Local government information (floridahousing.org)
  • Florida residents can apply for federal assistance to cover disaster-related expenses, including temporary housing. For more information, please visit www.DisasterAssistance.govcall 800-621-FEMA (3362) or use FEMA App.
  • Operation Blue Roof: Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operation Blue Roof provides homeowners and permanently occupied rental properties in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until permanent repairs can be made.
  • If you own a private business that has been affected, please visit www.FloridaDisaster.biz/.

To learn more about other disaster relief resources, click here.

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