The Florida Housing Coalition is committed to providing guidance, resources, and advocacy to Florida’s housing providers responding to and aiding in the recovery from disasters. Each week the Coalition facilitates a webinar to report information we have received as we communicate with national and state partners including the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, and the Hurricane Policy Group and Recovery Task Force of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition.
Join our Weekly Disaster Recovery Webinars
Each Friday at 1:30 pm the Coalition hosts a one-hour webinar on hurricane recovery. We provide updates on resources that are under development to assist SHIP administrators and housing providers such as disaster assistance toolkits and resource guides. Each webinar features a panel discussion on a variety of topics concerning recovery, preparation, and mitigation. Each webinar is recorded and posted to our website along with the presentation and handouts.
Click dates below to register for the weekly Disaster Recovery Update Webinar:
Disaster Related Information and Agencies
Florida Division of Emergency Management
For information from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) visit FloridaDisaster.org for information on emergency operations centers and shelters locations.
Mitigation Programs from Florida Division of Emergency Management
Protecting homes from future damage is an integral part of disaster preparedness. There are grants to assist local governments and nonprofit organizations to strengthen our housing stock to make it more resilient to future disasters. For more information, click here.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
To register with FEMA for Individual Assistance, click here.
The forms of assistance include:
- Rental payments for temporary housing.Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.
- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary, and functional.
- Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, municipality, and charitable aid programs.
- Unemployment payments for up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.
- Low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.Loans are available of up to $200,000 for primary residence, and of up to $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans are available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.
- Loans from SBA of up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most nonprofit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact.This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed $2 million.
- Loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency of up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers, and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.
- Other relief programs, including: crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; and advisory assistance for legal, veterans’ benefits, and social security matters.
FEMA may provide Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster. Click here for the FEMA TSA Fact Sheet.
To view participating hotels, visit the FEMA Evacuee Hotel List.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD has disaster-related information throughout its various webpages. View the general HUD Disaster Resources page. The primary funding source from HUD for long term recovery is the CDBG-DR program. HUD provides a CDBG-DR Toolkit. Florida’s CDBG-DR programs are administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The DEO Disaster Recovery page provides the CDBG-DR Action Plan for 2018 and 2017 storms. (Note that the Action Plans may be amended from time to time.)
Disaster Response and Recovery for Homelessness
HUD and the Veterans Administration provide resources and toolkits for ensuring that persons who are homeless pre-disaster receive appropriate shelter and post disaster housing and services.
Download the HUD Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit. This toolkit provides an overview of challenges that may occur during disaster-caused disruptions and the impact these challenges pose for individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs, and it outlines strategies to prepare and minimize service disruption.
Homeless Veterans Assistance
Download the VA Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Veterans. The Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience includes information and tools for homeless service providers and disaster professionals.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Disaster Planning and Recovery Resources for Homelessness Services Systems- USICH provides planning recovery resources for Homelessness Services Systems. The combined toolkit, along with the HUD and VA Toolkits, the USICH publication Appendix F: Transition to Alternate Sheltering and Housing Solutions Considerations, can be downloaded here.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides general disaster assistance for Veterans. Download the VA Disaster Assistance Brochure.
Enterprise Community Partners
View Enterprise Community Partners step-by-step guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors seeking to prevent mold-related health problems and save storm-damaged homes. Download the guide, Creating a Healthy Home: A Field guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes.
For technical tools and resources, visit Enterprise Community Partners Solutions and Innovations for Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding.
Florida Bar Foundation Assisting Floridians
The Florida Bar Foundation provides resources and volunteer opportunities for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, as well as information to help Floridians seeking civil legal aid. View the Florida Bar Foundation website. The Foundation has also created the Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund for donations to go directly to civil legal assistance for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma and any subsequent hurricanes making landfall in Florida. The Florida Bar Foundation provides civil legal aid to the most vulnerable disaster survivors. Help includes:
- securing FEMA and other benefits
- making life, medical and property insurance claims
- dealing with home repair contractors
- replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
- helping with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
- counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues
For more information visit https://thefloridabarfoundation.org/storm-aid
From NLIHC- Disaster Recovery Initiatives
NLIHC has created a disaster webpage and several initiatives to support members and housing providers to respond to disasters. NLIHC formed the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition that has over 700 members. Weekly teleconferences provide updates on the recovery efforts for disasters including wildfires and hurricanes. The NLIHC has prepared policy and advocacy recommendations for Congress. To view updates, policy recommendations and priority statements, visit the NLIHC disaster recovery page.
Volunteer Florida, the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state.
Volunteer Florida is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
Volunteer Florida administers national service programs like AmeriCorps, which offer Floridians the opportunity to engage in intensive service to their community while increasing capacity for nonprofits and other service organizations. Volunteer Florida’s grantees include schools, educational foundations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations.
Volunteer Florida provides required fiscal and programmatic oversight of these grants so that we maximize funds and ensure grantees are accountable for results.
For more information, click here.
FL VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Florida VOAD is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission. Florida VOAD a statewide body that facilitates cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration of member organizations in all phases of disaster and to maximize member impact.
Membership is open to any non-profit organization that has disaster preparation, response and/or recovery as part of its core mission in the state of Florida. FL VOAD also welcomes local COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), VOADS and long-term recovery groups as associate members. Other organizations and governmental agencies with an interest in disaster work are welcomed as partners. All are encouraged to participate and help improve the collective, collaborative and coordinated work of FL VOAD.
For more information, click here.
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