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Fla. Oks $44M for Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyouts

The grant funding enables local governments to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Irma if they’re located in flood zones and the owners are willing to sell.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $44 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding was awarded to 11 Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The money is released through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program.

“This funding will help homeowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma recover while ensuring the communities they live in are more resilient to future disasters,” says DeSantis.

The Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program helps reduce the impact of future disasters in high-risk flood areas. The grants allow local governments to buy homes damaged by Hurricane Irma from willing homeowners in high-risk flood areas or fulfill local match requirements for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

Local governments can apply for HMGP grants to make infrastructure or property improvements that reduce risk of harm from future disasters.

Florida communities that received awards include:

  • City of Bonita Springs
  • City of Jacksonville
  • City of Marathon
  • City of Palm Bay
  • Clay County Department of Emergency Management
  • Columbia County
  • Flagler County
  • Islamorada, Village of the Islands
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Monroe County
  • Town of Orange Park

Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Launched in September 2018, Rebuild Florida uses federal funding for Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma. For more information, visit

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