To date, 199 households in Monroe County have registered for FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power, or STEP, program. The $10 million grant program in the Keys provides up to $20,000 in repairs to primary homes damaged but not destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
It is not too late to apply for this program, but any homeowner who is interested should do so soon. Details are below.
The purpose of the rapid-repair program is to enable eligible individuals or families to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild. This includes a functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area and air-conditioning for the livable area of the home. The program is at no cost to the homeowner.
So far 53 households throughout Monroe County have gone through the inspection phase and have been approved for repairs. The first construction work is scheduled to begin next week, as early as Monday, Dec. 11. The approved household locations include 20 on Big Pine Key, 16 on Marathon, six on Cudjoe Key, five on Summerland Key, two on Islamorada, two on Little Torch Key, one in Key West and one in Tavernier.
STEP is available for disaster-damaged, single-family, owner-occupied residential properties in Monroe County. These include duplexes, townhomes, modular homes and permanently placed mobile homes. Other types of owner-occupied residences may be eligible, subject to approval by the Federal Coordinating Officer on a case-by-case basis.
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The Florida Department of Children and Families will administer one additional day of the federal Disaster SNAP Program, Food for Florida, in Monroe County to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Irma on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Florida Keys Country Club in Marathon. DCF has worked closely with local law enforcement and management at the venue to ensure safe and efficient operations.
DCF will return to Monroe County based on additional need in the community, as the previous DSNAP operation was held in early October, before many residents had returned from evacuations.
To qualify for the Food for Florida benefits program, applicants must have lived in one of the counties included in the Food for Florida program on Sept. 5, 2017, and not be receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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The following three nonprofit organizations in the Florida Keys are helping Hurricane Irma survivors with housing:
• Florida Keys Outreach Coalition (FKOC): Provides sheltering for men, women and families. Some facilities are accessible for persons with access and functional needs. It includes 38 beds for homeless. A recent grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys has helped increase capacity. FKOC also can help Hurricane Irma survivors who have found housing, but need assistance with first and last month’s rent and security deposit. Contact: 305-295-7741
• Samuel’s House: Has funding to help Hurricane Irma survivor’s with first and last month’s rent, security deposit, utilities and medical. Keysstrong.org is providing some emergency assistance when people are being immediately evicted. Contact: 305-296-0240
• Catholic Charities: Has a rapid rehousing program, which includes first and last month’s rent and security deposit. Also has funds available for people being evicted from leased homes, as well as for mortgage and utility assistance. Contact: 305-292-9790
Representatives from FEMA will be on hand Tuesday, Oct. 17, at City Hall, 1300 White Street, during the City Commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The FEMA Disaster Assistance Team will provide registration and case status checks in the small conference room beside the commission chambers.
The conference room is small, so access during the commission meeting may be limited. The assistance augments the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at 616 Simonton Street at Fire Station #2.
Anyone impacted by Hurricane Irma is reminded that the 30-day registration timeframe is fast approaching for survivors to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Survivors of Hurricane Irma have 60 days from the Sept. 10 date of disaster declaration to apply for individual assistance.
FEMA’s Mobile Disaster Assistance Teams are canvassing neighborhoods in Marathon (Yellow Tail Road heading east), Stock Island (addressing Haitian communities) and Tavernier (various neighborhoods heading south).
The teams operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
These mobile teams carry iPads and can register survivors for FEMA assistance for the first time at their doorstep. They have limited ability to help people update their accounts.
Please Note: Mobile teams will wear FEMA vests, have proper identification and never ask for money.
The American Red Cross is providing limited financial assistance to Keys residents who suffered major damage to or destruction of their homes in Hurricane Irma.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 4 and 5, the Red Cross will be offering this emergency aid at the Flea Market on Big Pine Key at 30250 Overseas Highway. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Oct. 7-9) the Red Cross will be in Marathon at Skate Park at 200 36th Street.
Next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Oct. 11-13) the Red Cross will be in Key West at Catholic Charities, located at 2706 Flagler Avenue.
The hours in Marathon and Key West will be the same as on Big Pine Key — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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