ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – If you own a multi-family dwelling that needs repairs and are willing to lease to eligible FEMA hurricane survivors, then you may be interested in the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLRP).
This FEMA program provides funds to make rental units habitable again, and at the same time helps survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Here’s how it works: FEMA may have the property repaired using a third party contractor or you may choose to complete the repairs using your own contractors once repairs and costs have been agreed upon. The repairs or improvements do not need to be hurricane- or flood-related. The value of the work will be deducted from the value of the lease agreement, but may not exceed its total value.
To qualify for MLRP funds your property must meet certain criteria.
- It must have three or more units to qualify as a multi-family dwelling. Each unit must provide independent living facilities for one or more people, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, cooking and sanitation.
- It must have been previously used as a rental unit.
- It must be located in St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas (including Water Island).
- You must be willing to have at least one unit repaired or improved to be accessible to applicants with disabilities or other access and functional needs.
In addition, the property must be accessible to community services like schools and grocery stores, and not be located in a flood-prone area. FEMA will require a lease of exclusive use of the property as temporary housing for a period of at least 18 months. The property owner must provide all property management services, and repairs must comply with local building codes, standards, permitting, inspection requirements and other laws.
Contact the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program by email at FEMA-USVI-MLR@fema.dhs.gov if you are a property owner interested in having your rental property considered for the program.
Additional details are available on FEMA’s Virgin Islands Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands.com.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
For official information on the recovery effort following the hurricanes, please visit www.informusvi.com or www.usviupdate.com. Follow us on social media at twitter.com/femaregion2 and www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands.
To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org. For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands also has the “Fund for the Virgin Islands” at www.USVIrecovery.org.