Housing Programs After Hurricane Michael
If you’ve been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael, you know exactly the challenges many property owners are facing. While it can be difficult to know where to turn after experiencing the destruction of a natural disaster, FEMA is extending the limitations of an important housing program that might help you and your family. FEMA is extending its temporary housing program for Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, and Jackson county through October 11, 2020. If you have concerns related to recovering after a Florida hurricane, it’s time to consult with an experienced Panama City insurance claim liability attorney.
The FEMA Housing Program
The initial FEMA housing program was slated for 18 months and would have ended on April 11, 2020. Since Michael struck in 2018, FEMA has provided over 900 displaced families in the Panhandle with temporary housing, rent-free. Since its inception, the program – in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) – has allowed more than half of these families to move into permanent homes. The fact is that families are sometimes eligible for temporary housing after storms of this magnitude leave them homeless.
Those Still in Temporary Housing
Because 450 families remain in temporary housing, FEMA continues to work in close conjunction with Florida, local government, and volunteers who are all helping to find permanent housing solutions. There are also disaster case managers on the job who help these displaced families with their ongoing needs.
The rules of FEMA’s housing program dictate that those who remain in the temporary housing units after the initial April deadline will be required to pay monthly rent. This rent will be based on the temporary housing’s size and location and will not exceed the fair market rate set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. To date, FEMA has aided survivors of Hurricane Michael by supplying direct grants totaling $149 million for damages that include:
- Personal property lost in the hurricane
- Home repairs for damage incurred in the hurricane
- Rent for those whose homes were destroyed in the hurricane
In fact, the emotional and financial damages wrought by Hurricane Michael are difficult to overestimate.
If your home and/or property were damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Michael, help might be available. Further, if your homeowner’s insurance policy still hasn’t come through for you, it’s time to consult with a knowledgeable insurance claim liability attorney. Living through the destruction of a natural disaster of this magnitude is devastating and obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled is likely critical to your ability to move forward toward recovery.
An Experienced Panama City Insurance Claim Liability Attorney Can Help
If you’re still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Michael, the dedicated legal team at Ged Lawyers, LLP, is here to help. If your insurance claim is stalled, our Panama City insurance claim liability attorneys are committed to aggressively advocating on behalf of your rights and of your claim’s best possible resolution. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 850-684-4000 for more information today.