Hurricane Ian

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Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida, making landfall on September 28, 2022 as a Category 5 hurricane with strong winds, heavy rainfall and severe flooding.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the State of Florida would receive Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to support long-term resiliency and mitigation efforts following Hurricane Ian. The Florida Department of Commerce (FloridaCommerce) is the governor-designated state authority responsible for administering these funds. Working with Florida's impacted communities, FloridaCommerce's Office of Long-Term Resiliency (OLTR) has developed an action plan to guide how this funding will address unmet recovery and mitigation needs following Hurricane Ian.

Eligible Counties

HUD identified four Florida counties (Lee, Orange, Sarasota and Volusia) who will receive direct funding allocations separate from the amount allocated to the State of Florida. These four counties will be responsible for designing their own programs to address their communities' unmet needs, as well as administering any funds to run those programs. FloridaCommerce is committed to working with all counties to swiftly administer long-term disaster recovery funds. For Floridians in direct-allocation counties who are interested in Hurricane Ian assistance, please contact your county directly; their websites are below:

Another 20 counties that have been identified as Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) areas are eligible for Hurricane Ian CDBG-DR programs from the State of Florida. In the aftermath of the storm, HUD identified 14 MID counties (Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Monroe, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, and zip code 32177 [Putnam County]), and the remaining 6 counties have been identified by the State of Florida as being State MID counties (Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Lake, Okeechobee, St. Johns). These counties will be serviced by the State of Florida through FloridaCommerce and Rebuild Florida.

Hurricane Ian MID counties - map







































This map shows the HUD and State-identified MID counties for Hurricane Ian receiving assistance through Rebuild Florida. This map also contains the four entitlement counties.  

Housing Programs

  • Rebuild Florida Multiple Impact Program ($120,000,000) - A program designed to prioritize homeowners present in MID counties who also suffered damage from Hurricane Irma and have yet to be served under the Hurricane Irma Housing Repair and Replacement Program.

Economic Revitalization Programs

Infrastructure Programs

Hurricane Ian Timeline

A timeline of Hurricane Ian FloridaCommerce disaster recovery actions is below. The timeline will be updated with the most recent information as it becomes available.

  • September 28, 2022: Hurricane Ian makes landfall.
  • March 15, 2023: HUD Press Release announces that the State of Florida will receive $910,624,000 in CDBG-DR funding to support long-term resiliency in response to Hurricane Ian.
  • May 18, 2023: HUD published the Federal Register guidance formally announcing the allocation of CDBG-DR funds and the regulations guiding the administration of these funds.
  • July 13, 2023: FloridaCommerce posts the Draft Hurricane Ian State Action Plan for Disaster Recovery for a 30-day public comment period.
  • September 13, 2023: FloridaCommerce submitted the State Action Plan to HUD for review and approval.
  • November 9, 2023: HUD approved the State Action Plan. 
  • December 18, 2023: HUD Grant Agreement executed.

Public Hearings

Before submission to HUD, a draft of the State Action Plan was posted, and FloridaCommerce hosted Public Hearings where members of the public were invited to provide comments and feedback to be used in finalizing the State Action Plan.

    Live Stream for Hurricane Ian Public Hearing in Seminole County - YouTube

    Live Stream for Hurricane Ian Public Hearing In Seminole County - SGTV

    Live Stream for Hurricane Ian Public Hearing in Hillsborough County - The Florida Channel

    Hurricane Ian Public Hearing in Seminole County Slide Deck

    Hurricane Ian Public Hearing in Hillsborough County Slide Deck

    State Action Plan

    The State Action Plan for Disaster Recovery provides a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities' long-term resiliency and mitigation needs. The Draft State Action Plan was developed with input from state and community partners, as well as citizens, to determine the remaining long-term resiliency needs and the most critical disaster mitigation needs. FloridaCommerce posted the Draft State Action Plan for public comment July 13, 2023 through August 12, 2023, as required by HUD. Following incorporation and response to public comments received during the 30-day public comment period, the State Action Plan was submitted to HUD for review and approval on September 13, 2023. On November 9, 2023, HUD approved the Hurricane Ian Action Plan and the state hopes to be in a grant agreement with HUD by early 2024.

    Webinars

    FloridaCommerce issued a Request for Quote (RFQ) on Friday, July 14, 2023 for vendors interested in contracting with the state of Florida to support Hurricane Ian recovery. To provide an overview of the RFQ process, and Florida's Hurricane Ian Draft Action Plan, the department held a virtual webinar on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at 11 a.m., Eastern Time. The webinar slides are available below.

    2023 Federal Register

    The Federal Register provides guidance on HUD program requirements to state and local governments. Below is the link to the Federal Register guidance applicable to funding associated with Hurricane Ian.

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