Recovery efforts of Gulf County post-Hurricane Michael

Recovery efforts of Gulf County. (ZUMA Press)

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Gulf County residents, local governments and private non-profits have received approximately $174.3 million in total federal funds:

• 1,834 homeowners and renters have been approved for more than $11.4 million in federal grants through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
• As of Sept. 17, 946 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $78.2 million has been paid in claims.
• More than $51.1 million has been approved in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for 758 homeowners and renters and 100 businesses.
• FEMA has provided more than $33.6 million to the state to help local governments and private non-profits in Gulf County with Hurricane Michael-related expenses.

Housing Assistance:
• 962 homeowners have been approved for basic housing repairs.
• 787 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration.
• 1,204 homeowners and renters have been approved for rental assistance.
• Gulf County was approved for FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Assistance. 35 households are licensed in to temporary housing units, and 26 households have successfully moved on to a permanent housing solution.
• From October 2018 to April 2019, 55 displaced households received hotel stays through the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.
• From October to November 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 704 blue roofs in Gulf County for families to live in their homes while making permanent repairs.

Public Assistance:
• More than 1.7 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Gulf County.
• As part of the overall $33.6 million total provided to help local governments and private non-profits:
o More than $56,000 has been provided to houses of worship and nearly $33.3 million has been approved to other nonprofit organizations for their recovery projects.