Housing Recovery Applications Now being Taken

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The application portal for the LeeCares Hurricane Ian Housing Recovery Program is now open. Lee County and its partners are ramping up outreach to increase awareness and assist residents impacted by Ian.

LeeCares outreach includes community events and presentations, door-to-door contact, and in-person case managers at various locations. Funding for the LeeCares housing program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery allocation to Lee County to address the disaster recovery needs of residents affected by the hurricane.

There are three programs individuals can apply for:

  • The Housing Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Elevation program may assist income-eligible property owners to repair, replace and/or elevate property that suffered hurricane damage.
  • The Home Purchase Assistance may assist income-eligible home buyers to purchase a qualifying primary residence outside of the flood zone in Lee County.
  • The Voluntary Residential Acquisition program may assist income-eligible homeowners of a repetitive loss property relocate outside of flood-prone areas in Lee County.

To view a full list of eligibility requirements and documents needed to apply, visit www.leeflcares.com. Questions can be emailed to leecares@leegov.com. Individuals also can call 239-382-5453.

Once an application is submitted, individuals will be assigned a designated LeeCares case manager to provide updates. If an application is approved, the funding is a grant – not a loan – and does not need to be repaid if applicants comply with the terms of the grant.

In partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Lee County Libraries, LeeCares intake staff will be available at upcoming food-distribution events to help individuals with the application process:

  • Feb. 5 and 12: 9 a.m. to noon, 2980 Edison Ave., Fort Myers, 33916.
  • Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29: 9 a.m. to noon, 7101 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers, 33917.
  • Feb. 19 and 26: 9 a.m. to noon, 10346 Pennsylvania Ave., Bonita Springs, 34135.

Residents can also apply in person, starting this month, at the following locations:

  • Fridays (Feb. 9, 16 and 23), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Town of Fort Myers Beach
    2731 Oak St.,
    Fort Myers Beach, 33931
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    LeeCares Outreach Center
    9400 Gladiolus Drive, Suite 270,
    Fort Myers, 33908
  • Mondays (Feb. 5, 12, 19 and & 26), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    City of Fort Myers
    1825 Hendry Street,
    Fort Myers, 33901
  • Tuesdays (Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva
    2430 Periwinkle Way,
    Sanibel, 33957
  • Wednesdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Pine Island Library
    10701 Russell Road,
    Bokeelia, 33922
  • Thursdays (Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    City of Bonita Springs
    9101 Bonita Beach Road,
    Bonita Springs, 34135
  • Saturdays (Feb. 10, 17 and 24), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Northwest Regional Library
    519 Chiquita Blvd N
    Cape Coral, 33993

2 COMMENTS

  1. So there are 3 programs people can apply for. Two of the three programs are moneys to relocate and buy outside the flood area. That means off FMB. So most of the money is to move people off FMB. The third program is to repair, replace, and /or elevate your home. All three programs of assistance have income eligible requirements. I sure hope the Tax Relief Bill gets passed and helps the people outside the income eligible requirement.

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