The Rebuild Florida Program is funded by the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, and it offers homeowners an opportunity to repair, reconstruct, or replace their homes that were damaged by Hurricane Irma. Through Rebuild Florida, homeowners can bring their homes up to code compliance and make their homes more resilient to future storms. This program also provides resources to complete work that has been started by homeowners that have already been partially repaired.
To be eligible for this program, the applicant must be a homeowner / property owner in a low-to-moderate income household. The property must be located in one of the most impacted and distressed communities identified by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The property must also meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a property damaged by Hurricane Irma that was the primary residence of the owner at the time Hurricane Irma struck on September 10, 2017.
- Be a property damaged by Hurricane Irma that is used as rental property for low-to-moderate income individuals.
To determine whether your income meets the requirements, please click here to view the area median income limits.
Priority will be given to low-income residents, including:
- Households with seniors age 62 or older
- Households with individuals that have special needs, disabilities, or need special accommodations
- Families with children under the age of 18
- Households with owners earning less than or equal to 80 percent of the area median income
- Households with tenants who were displaced from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria who are permanently resettled in Florida
As of December 2019, the Department of Economic Opportunity has announced the following updates regarding the Rebuild Florida program:
- DEO has held community workshops on the Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program across the state and has posted an initial draft of the State Action Plan online for public comment. All Floridians are encouraged to click here to review the Action Plan and submit comments to DEO by January 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.
- The Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training program application period is still open and available for local workforce development boards, educational institutions and technical centers to train workers in Irma-impacted communities in construction trades necessary for disaster recovery. Interested parties can click here to apply by January 10, 2020 5:00 PM EST.
- DEO is anticipating $735 Million in HUD funding for Hurricane Michael recovery. At this time, the DEO is collecting feedback on unmet Hurricane Michael recovery needs and priorities of impact communities through an online survey that can be accessed by clicking this link.
For more information and guidance on how to apply for Rebuild Florida programs, please visit the official Rebuild Florida website at the following link: