FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFORMATION

  • Another year, another disaster aid gap as funding deadline nears February 21, 2024 3:32 pm For the second year in a row, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is facing a summer shortfall smack in the middle of hurricane and wildfire season. The problem isn’t lost on congressional appropriators or the White House, which …
  • FEMA extends its Direct Housing Program for Ian; monthly rent payments start after March 29 February 19, 2024 4:48 pm FEMA is extending by six-months the Direct Temporary Housing program through Sept. 29, for eligible households in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Sarasota and Volusia counties. Since Hurricane Ian, FEMA has provided temporary housing units for …
  • Takeaways from Tallahassee — Young gun? February 17, 2024 12:21 pm JJ Holmes just turned 20 years old this month. But the Longwood resident has already been named the recipient of the Annual Idelio Valdes Leadership and Advocacy Award — the state’s top honor recognizing an individual with a developmental disability. The …
  • FEMA Extends Direct Housing Program for Hurricane Ian February 16, 2024 7:00 pm FEMA has announced a six-month extension of the Direct Temporary Housing program through Sept. 29, 2024, for eligible households in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Sarasota and Volusia counties.  Since Hurricane Ian, FEMA has provided temporary …
  • FEMA extends housing program for Ian victims but monthly rent begins in March February 16, 2024 6:55 pm FEMA announced a six-month extension of the Direct Temporary Housing program through Sept. 29 for eligible households, but they will soon need to start paying rent. They announced on Friday that an extension is available for those in Charlotte, Collier, …
  • Aid agencies are filling gaps in DeSoto’s Hurricane Ian relief February 15, 2024 12:52 pm Thousands of low-income residents in DeSoto County are still dealing with Hurricane Ian’s aftermath, nearly a year and a half after the world’s third-costliest weather disaster struck Florida. "We have hundreds (of cases) right now," said Amanda …
  • Guest Commentary: GPIA seeks public input on HUD grant application February 14, 2024 5:23 pm In 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Lee County $1.1 billion in grant funding to assist with the county’s long-term recovery following Hurricane Ian. This funding is available for a variety of purposes related to …
  • Renters are most exposed to climate hazards in these two states, a Harvard study finds February 12, 2024 10:31 pm Jodi Jacobson | E+ | Getty Images More than 18 million rental units are located in areas exposed to extreme weather hazards, according to the American Rental Housing Report from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. That exposure isn…