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Hurricane Irma voluntary home buyout program

photo of dump trucks collecting tree debris in a residential neighborhood after hurricane Irma

As part of the Hurricane Irma long-term recovery process, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Office of Disaster Recovery recently created a grant program called the Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyout Program for residents of Miami-Dade County. The program was created to purchase residential property in high flood-risk areas. All properties purchased through this program will become public parks or open public spaces. These properties will not be redeveloped, which will help protect lives in future storms and will help provide flood-protection for surrounding areas. This funding is intended to help residents in low and moderate-income communities impacted by Irma.

The program will be focused on addressing needs in the Arch Creek and Biscayne Gardens areas within Unincorporated Miami-Dade County. Residents must apply to the program through a municipality or County.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyout Program application for funding will be available for public review and comments from now through Aug. 15, 2019. A hard copy of the application will be posted at the Office of Resilience, 111 NW 1st Street, 12th floor, Miami through Aug. 15, 2019.

For more information about the program, contact resilience@miamidade.gov.

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