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Hurricane Michael-damaged homes in Big Bend could be fixed thanks to Florida program

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 10:40:45-05

(WTXL) — If your home was damaged during Hurricane Michael, you may now be eligible to receive long-term assistance to repair, rebuild, or replace your home.

Friday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that the application period is open for homeowners in Hurricane Michael impacted areas for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program.

With more than $246 million in funding, the program will provide long-term assistance to repair, rebuild, or replace Hurricane Michael-damaged homes that serve as primary residences of eligible Florida families, as well as eligible rental homes.

“Governor DeSantis is focused on the full recovery of Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael, and we are proud to assist them during their long-term recovery process,” said DEO Executive Director Dane Eagle.

The program will manage and complete the construction process for the repair or reconstruction of damaged homes on behalf of eligible homeowners.

Low- and moderate-income (LMI) households and those with certain vulnerabilities such households with senior citizens, children, or individuals with special needs, will be prioritized.

Homeowners in the following counties with remaining damage from Hurricane Michael are eligible to apply for assistance from Rebuild Florida:

  • Bay
  • Calhoun
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gulf
  • Holmes
  • Jackson
  • Leon
  • Liberty
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla
  • Washington

Homeowners may complete an application for assistance through the Rebuild Florida mobile app, online by visiting, or in person at a Rebuild Florida Center. For more information about the program, homeowners can call the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael Customer Service Center at 888-530-3025.

Rebuild Florida Centers are open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday at the following locations:

  • Marianna: 2917-B Optimist Drive, Marianna, FL 32448
  • Panama City: 3109 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 120, Panama City, FL 32405
  • Port St. Joe: 109 Trade Circle West, Suite 1, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
  • Tallahassee: 545 John Knox Road, Suite 102, Tallahassee, FL 32303