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Polk County Rebuild Florida Center Opens to Help Local Families Repair or Rebuild Homes Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Sep 26, 2018

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity opened the Polk County Rebuild Florida Center to help Florida homeowners repair and rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “Helping Floridians rebuild their homes and restore their lives is our top priority with Rebuild Florida. Through this program, we can help restore vibrant, safe and healthy communities, now and for future generations of Floridians.”

Rebuild Florida, a program of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will connect eligible Florida homeowners with federal disaster recovery funding to repair and rebuild homes. The program will initially serve those in the federally designated most impacted and distressed areas.

In these hardest-hit communities, funding will prioritize the most vulnerable populations including low-income households with seniors age 62 and older, households with children age 5 or younger, individuals with disabilities and those displaced from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands who are permanently resettling in Florida. Owners of rental properties also may qualify if they are renting to low or moderate-income Floridians.

The Polk County Rebuild Florida center will serve as a local resource for homeowners to begin the disaster recovery process. The center will be open Monday through Saturday so case managers can help homeowners complete the 15-30 minute registration process. Homeowners have until December 23 to begin the registration process. The center is located at 500 East Lake Howard Drive, 2nd floor in Winter Haven. Homeowners may also visit RebuildFlorida.gov or call the Rebuild Florida customer center at 844-833-1010 to receive assistance with registration.

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