Hurricane Irma survivors in Collier, Hendry, Lee and Monroe counties whose homes are now uninhabitable may be presented a Direct Lease option.
Direct Lease Program
- FEMA provides temporary housing units directly to survivors when rental resources are unavailable. Direct lease can be arranged for units in apartments or multi-family residential buildings.
- Each unit will contain complete facilities for cooking, eating and sanitation;
- Units will be within reasonable access to community services such as accessible public transportation, schools, fire and emergency services, grocery stores, etc.
- In a Direct Lease, all utilities, and cable, if provided, are included in the rent.
Eligible applicants must demonstrate they are unable to secure a housing resource with the use of financial rental assistance provided by FEMA before being considered for a direct lease unit.
Applicants must sign/agree to terms and conditions outlined by FEMA/state and the lease agreement with the landlord.
Applicants will be contacted by FEMA if they are deemed eligible for the Direct Lease program.
The state, in coordination with FEMA, re-evaluates occupants’ eligibility on a periodic basis, usually monthly, for the entire period of assistance to ensure the occupant continues to meet eligibility requirements, including a demonstrated need for continued assistance.