Governor Ron DeSantis today announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has approved more than $77 million in payments to citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Citrus Recovery Block Grant since January 2019. [Read more…] about Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Approval of More than $77 Million to Citrus Growers Impacted by Hurricane Irma
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson today issued a call for qualified general contractors to assist the Rebuild Florida program. [Read more…] about Florida DEO Seeking Additional General Contractors to Help Rebuild Florida Repair and Rebuild Homes Damaged by Hurricane Irma
Helping More Floridians Repair and Rebuild Homes Damaged by Hurricane Irma
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today announced the extension of the registration deadline for Rebuild Florida to Friday, March 29, 2019. Rebuild Florida is a long-term recovery effort to repair and rebuild the homes of Florida families that were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. [Read more…] about Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Extension for Rebuild Florida Registration
Waives weight requirements for emergency vehicles, positions state assets
As Hurricane Florence grows and threatens the southeastern U.S. coast, Governor Scott today spoke with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to offer resources and assistance. Florence strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane this afternoon and is forecast to impact the southeastern U.S. coast later this week. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: While Families Remember Irma and Prepare for Florence, Florida Offers Support
With the anniversary of Hurricane Irma upon us, FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed has released the following statement regarding residents’ safety, member center compliance, and continued preparations in the wake of Irma’s destruction. [Read more…] about FHCA’s Emmet Reed on Irma Anniversary
Today, Governor Rick Scott urged the legislative commission charged with granting spending authority to approve $340 million in federal funding to aid Florida’s citrus growers. Earlier this year, following months of Governor Scott fighting for critical funding and support for Florida’s citrus industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $340 million in federal funding to aid the Florida citrus industry’s recovery from Hurricane Irma. Now that a grant for this funding has been approved in an agreement between the USDA and the State of Florida, it will be considered by the Florida Legislative Budget Commission (LBC) tomorrow. The block grant for Florida citrus is part of a more than $2.3 billion federal package approved earlier this year.
Governor Rick Scott today announced the state’s action plan for the $616 million allocated to Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding comes to the state through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program and will be used to replace and repair damaged homes, build new affordable housing and provide grants to severely impacted businesses. HUD now has 45 days to provide feedback or to approve the plan. CDBG-DR funding is provided to a state after all other resources have already been exhausted, including federal assistance through FEMA and the Small Business Administration as well as private insurance.
Governor Scott said, “Even before Hurricane Irma made landfall, we began working with the federal government to express the diverse needs our state would face following a storm of this magnitude and how best to address those needs. Since the storm, we have worked tirelessly along-side community and business leaders to build stronger communities that are better prepared for future disasters. I’m glad that DEO submitted this plan to help families in our state.”
This federal grant program requires that at least 80 percent of funding be used to address needs in the hardest-hit counties and ZIP codes as determined by HUD. These areas include Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Polk and Volusia counties, as well as ZIP codes 32136, 32091, 32068 and 34266.
Over the past few months, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) visited with each of the 14 hardest-hit communities to hear directly from community leaders about their remaining needs following Hurricane Irma. Additionally, surveys were sent to each community, seeking input on how to best support local long-term recovery.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of DEO, “We are thankful to these communities for their commitment and partnership to determine the best way to use this funding to make a difference across the state. We are committed to helping Floridians recover, particularly families who do not have the resources to rebound as quickly after a disaster.”
Together, with Florida’s hardest-hit communities, the state has proposed to allocate the majority of CDBG-DR funding to address housing needs through programs that:
- Repair and replace damaged homes;
- Construct hundreds of new affordable rental housing units;
- Purchase land for the development of affordable housing; and
- Provide assistance through grants to support impacted businesses.
Additionally, the state action plan includes opportunities to address critical economic and infrastructure needs in our urban centers and rural communities, specifically those of the Florida Keys which experienced the brunt of this devastating storm. Also, this plan helps to support the needs of new Floridians who moved to our state from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
For more information about the CDBG-DR program or to view the state action plan, click here.
Volunteer Florida, the state’s agency responsible for securing volunteers and donations before, during and after disasters, distributed more than $5 million from the Florida Disaster Fund Hurricane Irma Recovery Grant today. Following a competitive Request for Proposal process, 33 different organizations, providing crucial repair, restoration and reconstruction or replacement services throughout Florida, were selected to receive the funding.
The Florida Disaster Fund was established to assist communities as they respond to and recover from emergencies or disasters. Last September, Governor Scott activated the fund to finance organizations, like the recent grantees, that serve those impacted by Hurricane Irma.
“Volunteer Florida is proud to support organizations that invest in Florida’s future and prove the state’s resiliency,” said Vivian Myrtetus, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “From community-wide transformations to satisfying individual needs, these funds will be used to ensure the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma do not stand in the way of Floridians’ continued success.”
The grantees are as follows:
- Centro Campesino: $250,000.00
- Florida Regional Interfaith Interagency Emergency Network in Disaster, Inc.: $250,000.00
- Volusia Interfaith Agencies Networking in Disaster: $250,000.00
- Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, Inc.: $250,000.00
- St. Johns Housing Partnership, Inc.: $250,000.00
- Lake and Sumter Recovery, Inc.: $250,000.00
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc.: $250,000.00
- Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.: $250,000.00
- Long Term Recovery Group, Monroe County: $250,000.00
- The Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition: $250,000.00
- Samuel’s House (DBA KeysStrong.org): $250,000.00
- Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery: $250,000.00
- Florida Conference of the UMC Disaster Recovery Ministry, Central Florida: $175,000.00
- Florida Conference of the UMC Disaster Recovery Ministry, Northeast Florida: $175,000.00
- Florida Conference of the UMC Disaster Recovery Ministry, Tampa Bay: $175,000.00
- Florida Conference of the UMC Disaster Recovery Ministry, Collier County: $175,000.00
- Florida Conference of the UMC Disaster Recovery Ministry, Monroe County: $175,000.00
- Compass 82: $150,000.00
- Disaster Services Corporation, St. Vincent de Paul, USA: $150,000.00
- United Way of Broward County: $150,000.00
- The Business & Technology Development Corporation: $150,000.00
- Recover Pinellas: $128,619.00
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.: $106,092.00
- BRACE: $100,000.00
- Feeding Northeast Florida: $100,000.00
- Orange County Long Term Recovery Group: $100,000.00
- Farm Share, Inc.: $100,000.00
- Catholic Charities, St. Augustine Regional Office: $100,000.00
- National Church Residences Foundation: $100,000.00
- Northeast Florida Builders Association, Builders Care, Inc.: $100,000.00
- Naples Senior Center at JFCS: $100,000.00
- LTRO of Citrus County: $100,000.00
- St. Johns/Putnam County Long Term Recovery Organization: $50,000.00
Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $32 million in federal, state and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state, and also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during and after disasters.
Established in accordance with Section 14.29 (9), Florida Statutes, the Volunteer Florida Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, was established in 2004 to assist with needs unmet by other disaster relief organizations.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today issued the following statement following the U.S. House of Representatives passing an $81 billiondisaster spending bill, which includes $2.6 billion for agricultural assistance:
“Today’s vote is an important first step to get Florida’s farmers, ranchers and growers, who suffered more than $2.5 billion damages from Hurricane Irma, long-awaited and desperately needed relief. Without this emergency assistance, Florida agriculture cannot fully recover from the unprecedented damage it suffered.
“I want to thank Representative Rooney, Representative Buchanan, Governor Rick Scott and the members of Florida’s congressional delegation who supported this effort and fought for Florida agriculture over the last days, weeks and months. But even with today’s vote, much work remains, and I will continue to work with leaders in Washington to make sure this emergency assistance becomes a reality.”
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Commissioner Putnam announced that Florida agriculture sustained more than $2.5 billion in damages. In weeks following Hurricane Irma, and again this week, Commissioner Putnam traveled to D.C. to discuss the agricultural damage and to request federal assistance with Florida’s Congressional Delegation.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.
NAPLES, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the below statement urging Congress to pass a disaster relief funding package which includes critical funding for local school districts enrolling students displaced from Puerto Rico, supports key infrastructure projects, and provides relief for citrus and agriculture in Florida.
Governor Scott said, “For more than three months, Floridians have been fighting to recover from the horrible destruction of Hurricane Irma, especially those in Florida’s citrus industry. Now, while we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, we are also lending a helping hand to our neighbors from Puerto Rico who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria and are now coming to Florida.
“The much-needed disaster relief funding recently proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives is encouraging. For months, I have been urging the federal government to assist Florida’s recovery and I am glad to see that they have listened to our requests and included it in their proposal. The recovery funding would aid Florida citrus growers, help our school districts educate displaced students from Puerto Rico, and assist to repair Florida infrastructure. Now, Congress must vote and pass a bill immediately.
“Congress also needs to make it clear that the funding included in their package for infrastructure projects should go toward the needed critical repairs to the federal Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. As Hurricane Irma was bearing down on our state, we were forced to evacuate communities surrounding the lake due to safety concerns identified by the Army Corps of Engineers. The lake reached dangerous levels, and Florida cannot go through another hurricane season without exploring all avenues of federal funding to fix the dike. For the first time, we secured $50 million in state funding to help expedite these federal repairs this year, and it is imperative that Congress acts on this federal project now.”
Action taken by Governor Scott to urge federal disaster relief:
- On October 5th, the Governor entered into a host-state agreement with FEMA – Florida is the only state willing to enter into this type of agreement to help families displaced by Hurricane Maria.
- On October 6th, Governor Scott spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
- On October 11th, Governor Scott traveled to Washington D.C. joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to meet with members of the Florida congressional delegation to discuss Hurricane Irma and Florida’s citrus industry.
- On October 11th, Governor Scott met with Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Committee On Agriculture Congressman Mike Conaway, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Congressman Michael McCaul, and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón.
- On October 11th , November 13th and November 17th, the Governor spoke with White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
- On October 30th, the Governor’s office sent a letter Office of Management and Budget. See the letter HERE.
- On November 9th, the Governor activated the State Emergency Response Team to assist families displaced by Hurricane Maria. See the Governor’s press release HERE.
- On November 15th, the Governor sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Ryan urging them to support Florida’s recovery following Hurricane Irma, Florida’s efforts to support those displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ongoing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. See the Governor’s letter HERE.
- On November 28th, Governor Scott spoke with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
- On December 15th, the Governor spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging immediate action to help Florida citrus growers.
- On December 19th, the Governor spoke with Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Senator John Hoeven.
- On December 19th, the Governor spoke with Congressman Vern Buchanan regarding citrus relief.
- On December 20th, Governor Scott spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.