Florida Sitting on $900M for Disaster Aid
Florida sees its share of hurricanes and damage from them, and extremely severe recent storms clearly illustrate this point. When residents’ homes and businesses are damaged or destroyed in a hurricane, they require financial aid to help them get back on their feet. The fact is, however, that the State of Florida has nearly 900 million dollars in aid available, but it has yet to distribute the bulk of these funds. This sorry state of affairs leaves many of those hit hardest by the state’s latest spate of storms in very difficult financial situations. If your home or other property has been damaged in a Florida hurricane, you need an experienced Panama City insurance claim liability attorney on your side.
What’s the Holdup?
While funds are available, Florida is trapped in a quagmire of bureaucracy that regulates the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) administration of disaster relief funds. The money-distributing program in question is notorious for gumming up the works. The problems include:
- It has few set rules in place to fall back on.
- The processes it does have in place are prohibitively complicated.
While many states have created their own mechanisms designed specifically to deal with the issue of a bureaucratic stranglehold and to manage disaster funds more effectively and efficiently, Florida – the epicenter of all things hurricane – has neglected to do so. The sticking point in the State of Florida is the Department of Economic Opportunity, which stands between hurricane victims in need and nearly 900 million dollars in available HUD block grants.
Officials and residents in the areas of Florida that were hardest hit are asking to handle the distribution of the funds locally in an effort to better address the issues on the ground – issues that are familiar to them. HUD’s disaster grants are intended to forward a full and swift recovery. This mission has moved several states that are vulnerable to dangerous storms to take independent action by fortifying their own bureaucracies in an effort to better prepare themselves to efficiently distribute federal funds when disaster – in the form of a severe storm – strikes. Florida, however, has neglected to follow suit.
The problem doesn’t lie entirely with the State of Florida. Under the current administration, HUD has been slow to produce and publish rules for its disaster recovery grants. These delays, compounded by the fact that each bout of funding has its own unique set of rules, makes managing the release of funds exceedingly slow and difficult. Meanwhile, residents in need continue to go without.
An Experienced Panama City Insurance Claim Liability Lawyer Can Help
If your home and/or property was damaged in one of Florida’s recent hurricanes, you need financial relief now. The dedicated legal team at Ged Lawyers, LLP – proudly serving the Panama City area – are committed to helping you obtain the funds to which you are entitled and that you need to move forward into recovery. Your claim matters, and we’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 850-684-4000 for more information today.