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Eight Months After Michael: $1.3 Billion in Federal Aid for Panhandle

Release date: 
June 21, 2019
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4399-FL NR 134

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program for Hurricane Michael came to a close June 8, nearly eight months after the storm displaced thousands of Florida Panhandle residents.

Through the program, more than 2,000 households were provided lodging at no cost as they pursued and successfully secured permanent housing solutions. The cost of the TSA program totaled $16.5 million, which is part of the nearly $1.3 billion in federal aid that has been provided to the affected areas.

Federal, state and local partners continue to assist the storm-ravaged communities. As of June 14, the federal disaster assistance includes:

• $143.6 million in grants awarded to more than 42,100 homeowners and renters in the 12 counties designated for Individual Assistance. The grants help pay for uninsured or under-insured losses or damage from Hurricane Michael not covered by insurance or other sources. That amount includes:

  • $117.3 million in FEMA housing grants to help pay for home repair, home replacement, or rental assistance to be used to rent a temporary place to live.
  •  $26.3 million in Other Needs Assistance grants to help pay for personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs—such as moving and storage fees or medical and dental expenses.

• At the request of the state, FEMA launched a direct housing mission in less than 30 days after Michael’s landfall in five devastated counties: Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf and Jackson. The mission is providing temporary housing in mobile homes, trailers or leased housing at private sites, commercial parks and six emergency group sites in Bay County and one group site in Gulf County. To date, a total of 971 survivor households have been provided direct temporary housing

• The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a total of 12,648 loans for homeowners and renters and some 1,200 loans for Panhandle businesses, providing nearly $638.5 million for rebuilding. SBA disaster loans are the largest federal source of rebuilding funds for homeowners following a disaster.

• More than 4,255 National Flood Insurance claims have been received. More than 3,900 claims have closed for a total payout of $215.4 million.

• More than $206 million in Public Assistance grants have been obligated by FEMA to reimburse state and local applicants for debris removal, emergency protective measure costs and other projects. Once obligated by FEMA, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) works closely with applicants to finalize the grants and begin making payments. In January 2019, FDEM implemented new procedures designed to accelerate grant funding to local communities.

• Local governments and state agencies have reported removal of nearly 33 million cubic yards of debris.

• All efforts to restore and rebuild the hardest-hit areas include projects focused on the “whole community” approach – with state and federal agencies joining with community leaders, faith-based partners and others. FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons and Volunteer Florida continue to provide support for six Long-term Recovery Groups that have formed in the Panhandle to address long-term recovery needs.

• In total, Hazard Mitigation counseled 25,607 survivors and distributed 47,388 publications during its operation period of Oct. 20, 2018 – May 24, 2019.

• Since the early stages of the recovery, a coalition of state and federal partners has focused on working with large and small business initially disrupted by Michael. State and FEMA Private Sector specialists have used the State of Florida’s Business Damage Assessment Survey database and contacts with local chambers of commerce to reach several thousand small business owners and connect them with federal and state resources to help them keep operating.

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Last Updated: 
June 21, 2019 - 14:54