Tallahassee, Florida – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the successful completion of the Hurricane Michael Housing Repair and Replacement Program (HRRP), completing 977 housing projects and providing families affected by Hurricane Michael with decent, affordable housing 20 months after housing construction began in July. Returned to safe and clean homes. 2021, three years ahead of schedule. To date, Florida has provided more than $3 billion for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in the Panhandle.
“In less than two years since construction began, we have made meaningful progress for Panhandle residents affected by Hurricane Michael,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “More than 977 residents are at home after experiencing the devastation from Hurricane Michael, demonstrating Florida’s commitment to recovering efficiently, compassionately and strategically after a disaster.”
“The completion of 977 Homes represents a return for 977 families to the security and peace of mind that a home provides, and it is a huge step toward lifting up Michael-affected communities,” Florida Commerce Secretary J. Alex Kelly said. “As Florida prepares for another hurricane season, it is important to remember that with each passing day, Florida’s long-term recovery efforts improve, protecting our families, our businesses and most importantly our benefits.”
Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 10, 2018, causing devastating damage to communities in the Florida Panhandle. In October 2020, more than $735 million in funding became available for FloridaCommerce to implement long-term disaster recovery and resilience efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Michael, Florida allocated more than $251 million to rebuild the Hurricane Michael HRRP Went. FloridaCommerce, formerly the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, began the application cycle for the Hurricane Michael HRRP in January 2021, and construction began in July 2021.
This program was implemented to repair, replace, or rebuild homes that were damaged in areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Rebuilding Florida uses federal funding for Florida’s long-term recovery and resilience efforts to deal with the devastating effects of natural disasters. For more information, visit RebuildFlorida.gov.
During this program, the State of Florida emphasized the importance of serving the region’s most vulnerable residents. Of the 977 households served, more than 75 percent were extremely low-income residents, more than 65 percent were female headed of household, more than 60 percent included individuals with unique abilities, 50 percent were minority homeowners/residents, And more than 80 percent of dependents were household members.