STATE-LED DISASTER HOUSING TASK FORCE

STATE-LED DISASTER HOUSING TASK FORCE

In response to the impacts of Hurricane Ian, DR-4673, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), in partnership with the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC), is standing up the Florida Disaster Housing Task Force (DHTF). Members of the Task Force represent a broad group of public and private, local, state, and federal stakeholders focused on helping disaster survivors move from shelter and temporary housing into permanent homes in economically viable, resilient communities.

TASK FORCE MEETING 1-25-24

The SDHTF met on January 25 to receive Hurricane Idalia IA updates. Katie Arnett, with FDEM, gave an update on January’s Severe Weather Tornado damage assessments. A discussion on FEMA’s announcement of significant changes to the Disaster Housing Recovery Interim File Rule, addressing additional support for low-income disaster survivors. The new online Texas Appleseed FEMA open data dashboard was presented. Leslie Chapman Henderson with FLASH gave a progress update on the Rebuilding Resiliency Resource Initiative.

TASK FORCE MEETING 12-14-23

The SDHTF met on December 14 to receive Hurricane Idalia updates. Guest Speaker Chris Mewes, Tidal Basin, Sheltering in Home for Recovery Continuation (SHRC), gave the task force a brief of the State’s Limited Home Repair Program. FEMA’s ‘Achieving Equitable Recovery’ Report published in November 2023 was highlighted. Florida Housing Coalition’s Idalia Training Webinar ‘Enhancing Housing Recovery with Data,’ coming on January 19, 2024, was announced to members.

TASK FORCE MEETING 11-30-23

Members met at the November 30 Task Force meeting to receive Hurricane Idalia updates. Volunteer Florida has announced funding for the Idalia Disaster Case Management Program. Idalia Housing impacts provided by Texas Appleseed were discussed. 2024 future State Disaster Housing Task Force planning includes an in-person meeting in Tallahassee in February 2024—details to come. Working groups focused on ISAA, Rebuilding Resiliency Resources, and EM Preparedness and Planning.

TASK FORCE MEETING 11-16-23

On November 16, the State Disaster Housing Task Force met for Hurricane Idalia updates from the Florida Department of Emergency Management. The guest speaker, Justin Domer, Director, Office of Long-Term Resiliency, gave an overview of the State CDGB-DR Action Plan that HUD approved on November 9, 2023. The task force working group Emergency Management Preparedness and Planning was introduced. Resiliency ReBuilding Resources for the State of Florida will be an open discussion on November 30. 

TASK FORCE MEETING 11-2-23

At the Nov 2 Task Force meeting, members received an update from Rachel Woofter, FDEM, about post-Hurricane Idalia housing programs, including Direct Housing. Members also learned more about ISAA and ReBuilding Center/Packets workgroups. Kody Glazer gave an update on congressional tax and financial post-hurricane disaster relief funding. Christy Rojas, Volunteer Florida, spoke about LTRGs and emergency support functions. The next meeting’s guest speaker, Justin Domer, will overview the State CDBG-DR Action Plan.

TASK FORCE MEETING 10-5-23

The Disaster Housing Task Force convened to discuss updates to the disaster recovery efforts for Hurricane Idalia and a brief update on CDBG-DR for Hurricane Ian. New DHTF working groups were introduced and signups opened to participate in the working groups.

TASK FORCE MEETING 9-21-23

 

TASK FORCE MEETING 6-29-23

At this Task Force meeting, members received an update about post-Hurricane Ian housing programs including SHRC and Direct Housing, and the ending of TSA and FDEM’s Non-Congregate Sheltering program. Members also learned more about the ISAA process with examples of request letters, and discussed the future of the Task Force. Members are taking a break during July so co-chairs FDEM and FHC can evaluate the future structure of Florida’s DHTF.

TASK FORCE MEETING 6-15-23

At this Task Force meeting, members participated in the third round of strategizing for enhancing access for seniors through disaster preparation and response. A draft Hurricane Ian DHTF After Action Report is currently in development, and the Elderly Initiative will be included as a section.

TASK FORCE MEETING 6-1-23

At this Task Force meeting, members learned from Ian Ohlin and Shannon Hagan with FDEM’s IA Division about FEMA’s new Information Sharing Access Agreement (ISAA) process that was used post-Hurricane Ian. Members shared what worked and what didn’t work, and asked questions about the ISAA process in order to better prepare to request data from FEMA before the next hurricane.

TASK FORCE MEETING 5-18-23

At this Task Force meeting, members discuss how to improve disaster preparation and response for the elderly population. This was the second Elderly Initiative meeting out of three; members went into breakout rooms (not recorded), then came back together to discuss big ideas as a group.

TASK FORCE MEETING 4-27-23

At this Task Force meeting, members learned about the flooding and housing issues in Broward County after the recent storm, hear an update about the Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) from Volunteer Florida’s Christy Rojas, and towards the end of the meeting, have a rich discussion about available resources and upcoming programs.

TASK FORCE MEETING 4-13-23

At this Task Force meeting, members learned about SB 250 from the Florida Housing Coalition’s Legal & Policy Director Kody Glazer, and the DHTF co-chairs hosted an Elderly Survivors Roundtable discussion with experts in care for older adults.

TASK FORCE MEETING 3/30/2023

At this Task Force meeting, members learned about updates to USDA’s Single Family Housing Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program, and how building to FORTIFIED standards can mitigate impacts of future disasters on housing.

TASK FORCE MEETING 3-2-2023

At this Task Force meeting, members received an update on FDEM’s non-congregate sheltering (NCS) and Sheltering in Home for Recovery Continuation (SHRC) programs, heard from Michael Chaney of the Florida Housing Coalition updates on the first allocation of Hurricane Housing Recovery Program (HHRP) funding, and from Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate Tasha Carter on preventing contractor fraud.

TASK FORCE MEETING 2-16-23

At this Task Force meeting, members received updates on the FDEM’s NCS and SHRC programs from Ian Ohlin. We also heard from Conn Cole, FDEM’s State NFIP Coordinator/Floodplain Manager about FEMA’s 50% rule and new reimbursement rules under the updated Disaster Recovery Reform Act, and from Beth Meyer, Executive Director of the Florida Independent Living Council (FILC) on how Emergency Management can better accommodate disaster survivors with disabilities through planning and prioritized response in the first four days after a disaster.

TASK FORCE MEETING 2-2-23

At this Task Force meeting, members received an update on FEMA’s Direct Housing programs include MHU (trailers) and Multifamily Lease & Repair (MLR), FDEM’s non-congregate sheltering (NCS) and Sheltering in Home for Recovery Continuation (SHRC) programs, the Florida Housing Coalition’s response to HUD’s CDBG-RFI, and Fannie Mae’s role in housing recovery including their Disaster Response Network (click here) and sweat equity guidance.

TASK FORCE MEETING 1-19-23

At this Task Force meeting, members received an update on FDEM’s SHRC and NCS programs, FEMA’s Direct Housing mission, and from Tim McCann of the Florida Alliance for Assistance Services and Technology (FAAST) about how housing providers and case managers can ensure people with disabilities have access to free assistive technology (https://faast.org/).

TASK FORCE MEETING 1-5-23

At this Task Force meeting, FEMA’s Group Supervisor for Direct Housing Michael Piper shares updates on the number of properties participating in the Multifamily Lease and Repair (MLR) program, the group learns about the importance of the Unite Florida Recovery Portal, and other updates on FEMA and FDEM’s housing programs are shared.

TASK FORCE MEETING 12-22-22

TASK FORCE MEETING 12-8-22

In this meeting, co-chairs announce Florida’s repair program SHRC and members discuss key housing updates.

TASK FORCE MEETING 10-27-22

Hurricane Ian Disaster Task Force Kickoff Meeting October 27, 2022, Co-Chaired by Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Housing Coalition

STATE-LED DISASTER HOUSING TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP

The Task Force has a core Working Group who are key agency and industry leaders who will be responsible for developing the Hurricane Ian Disaster Housing Strategy.  This will be a working document informing and shaping permanent housing solutions for those impacted by Hurricane Ian.   The Working Group will report its activities to the Task Force invites members to share situational updates and exchange resources.

TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP 1-26-23

Hurricane Ian Florida DHTF Working Group 1/26/23: At this Working Group meeting, members are provided an update on FDEM’s NCS and SHRC programs and FEMA’s Direct Housing mission, and are briefed on HUD’s CDBG-DR RFI and the first allocation of HHRP funding.

TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP 12-29-22

Hurricane Ian Disaster Task Force Working Group meeting 12/29/22, Co-Chaired by Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Housing Coalition

TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP 12-1-22

Hurricane Ian Florida DHTF Working Group 12/1/22: In this meeting the Working Group learned about FDEM’s Non-Congregate Sheltering process.

TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP 11-17-22

Hurricane Ian Disaster Task Force Working Group meeting 11/17/22, Co-Chaired by Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Housing Coalition

TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP 11-3-22

Hurricane Ian Florida DHTF Working Group 11/3/22: In this meeting, the group receives a status report from FEMA on IA and other housing programs, and Working Group members share their top concerns.

TASK FORCE WORKING GROUP (Kickoff Meeting) 10-17-22

Hurricane Ian Disaster Task Force Working Group Kickoff meeting 10/17/22, Co-Chaired by Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Housing Coalition

Quick Links:

Disaster Response

Florida Division of Emergency Management
For information from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) visit FloridaDisaster.org for information on emergency operations centers and shelters locations.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
To register with FEMA for Individual Assistance, click here.

The forms of assistance include:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing.Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary, and functional.
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, municipality, and charitable aid programs.
  • Unemployment payments for up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.
  • Low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.Loans are available of up to $200,000 for primary residence, and of up to $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans are available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.
  • Loans from SBA of up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most nonprofit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact.This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed $2 million.
  • Loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency of up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers, and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.
  • Other relief programs, including: crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; and advisory assistance for legal, veterans’ benefits, and social security matters.

FEMA may provide Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster. Click here for the FEMA TSA Fact Sheet.

Florida Bar Foundation Assisting Floridians
The Florida Bar Foundation provides resources and volunteer opportunities for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, as well as information to help Floridians seeking civil legal aid.  View the Florida Bar Foundation website. The Foundation has also created the Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund for donations to go directly to civil legal assistance for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma and any subsequent hurricanes making landfall in Florida. The Florida Bar Foundation provides civil legal aid to the most vulnerable disaster survivors. Help includes:

  • securing FEMA and other benefits
  • making life, medical and property insurance claims
  • dealing with home repair contractors
  • replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
  • helping with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues

For more information visit https://thefloridabarfoundation.org/storm-aid

Disaster Housing Volunteer Organizations

Volunteer Florida
Volunteer Florida, the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state.

Volunteer Florida is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

Volunteer Florida administers national service programs like AmeriCorps, which offer Floridians the opportunity to engage in intensive service to their community while increasing capacity for nonprofits and other service organizations. Volunteer Florida’s grantees include schools, educational foundations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations.

Volunteer Florida provides required fiscal and programmatic oversight of these grants so that we maximize funds and ensure grantees are accountable for results.

For more information, click here.

FL VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Florida VOAD is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission. Florida VOAD a statewide body that facilitates cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration of member organizations in all phases of disaster and to maximize member impact.

Membership is open to any non-profit organization that has disaster preparation, response and/or recovery as part of its core mission in the state of Florida. FL VOAD also welcomes local COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), VOADS and long-term recovery groups as associate members. Other organizations and governmental agencies with an interest in disaster work are welcomed as partners. All are encouraged to participate and help improve the collective, collaborative and coordinated work of FL VOAD.

For more information, click here.

Disaster Homeless Assistance

Disaster Response and Recovery for Homelessness
HUD and the Veterans Administration provide resources and toolkits for ensuring that persons who are homeless pre-disaster receive appropriate shelter and post disaster housing and services.

Download the HUD Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit. This toolkit provides an overview of challenges that may occur during disaster-caused disruptions and the impact these challenges pose for individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs, and it outlines strategies to prepare and minimize service disruption.

Homeless Veterans Assistance
Download the VA Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Veterans.  The Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience includes information and tools for homeless service providers and disaster professionals.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Disaster Planning and Recovery Resources for Homelessness Services Systems- USICH provides planning recovery resources for Homelessness Services Systems. The combined toolkit, along with the HUD and VA Toolkits, the USICH publication Appendix F: Transition to Alternate Sheltering and Housing Solutions Considerations, can be downloaded here.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides general disaster assistance for Veterans. Download the VA Disaster Assistance Brochure.

Resilience Planning and Mitigation

Mitigation Programs from Florida Division of Emergency Management
Protecting homes from future damage is an integral part of disaster preparedness.  There are grants to assist local governments and nonprofit organizations to strengthen our housing stock to make it more resilient to future disasters.  For more information, click here.
Enterprise Community Partners
View Enterprise Community Partners step-by-step guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors seeking to prevent mold-related health problems and save storm-damaged homes.  Download the guide, Creating a Healthy Home: A Field guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes.

For technical tools and resources, visit Enterprise Community Partners Solutions and Innovations for Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding.

Other Key Resources

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD has disaster-related information throughout its various webpages. View the general HUD Disaster Resources page. The primary funding source from HUD for long term recovery is the CDBG-DR program.  HUD provides a CDBG-DR Toolkit. Florida’s CDBG-DR programs are administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).  The DEO Disaster Recovery page provides the CDBG-DR Action Plan for 2018 and 2017 storms. (Note that the Action Plans may be amended from time to time.)
From NLIHC- Disaster Recovery Initiatives
NLIHC has created a disaster webpage and several initiatives to support members and housing providers to respond to disasters.  NLIHC formed the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition that has over 700 members.  Weekly teleconferences provide updates on the recovery efforts for disasters including wildfires and hurricanes.  The NLIHC has prepared policy and advocacy recommendations for Congress.  To view updates, policy recommendations and priority statements, visit the NLIHC disaster recovery page.
Florida Housing Finance Corporation- HHRP Allocation Chart
Click here for State Hurricane Housing Recovery Program  (HHRP) for Hurricane Michael Impacted Counties Proposed County 2019-2020 Allocations Chart.
Department of Economic Opportunity CDBG-DR
The DEO Disaster Recovery page provides the CDBG-DR Action Plan for 2018 and 2017 storms. (Note that the Action Plans may be amended from time to time.)

Previous Catalyst Trainings on Disaster Response and Recovery

Housing Assistance Statewide Informational Meeting Held October 13th for Faith-Based Groups, Social Services and Housing Providers

A huge thank you to the presenters at the Hurricane Ian Housing Assistance Statewide Informational Meeting for Faith-Based Groups, Social Services and Housing Providers held on October 13, 2022 who provided direct knowledge and guidance for supporting survivors with housing assistance. Marcus Coleman, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Ian Ohlin, State of Florida Individual Assistance Officer from FDEM, and Christy Rojas, Emergency Management Director for Volunteer Florida, explained the importance of signing up at disasterassistance.org, how to navigate the FEMA registration process, and how to connect with volunteers. This video is a must-watch to learn how faith-based and social service organizations can access recovery resources. Thank you to our partners at FDEM, and to our 162 attendees. View the video of the meeting HERE.

Join our Weekly Disaster Recovery Webinars

Each Friday at 1:30 pm the Coalition hosts a one-hour webinar on hurricane recovery. We provide updates on resources that are under development to assist SHIP administrators and housing providers such as disaster assistance toolkits and resource guides. Each webinar features a panel discussion on a variety of topics concerning recovery, preparation, and mitigation. Each webinar is recorded and posted to our website along with the presentation and handouts. See our weekly Member Updates for up to date topics and current registration information.

Publications

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