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Public meeting to discuss the new Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyout Program to take place July 25

MIAMI ( July 23, 2019 )

The Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience will hold an informational meeting to provide more details about the new Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyout Program at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132 Street. This meeting is open to everyone and free parking is available.

As part of the Hurricane Irma long-term recovery process, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Office of Disaster Recovery has recently created a grant program called the Hurricane Irma Voluntary Home Buyout Program. It was created to purchase residential properties in high-flood-risk areas. All properties purchased through this program will become public parks or public open spaces. These properties will not be redeveloped, which will help protect lives in future storms and will help provide flood protection for surrounding areas. Through this competitive grant program, a total of $75 million statewide will be available to assist residents in flood-prone areas who are interested in voluntarily selling their property. This funding is intended to help residents in low- and moderate-income communities affected by Irma, and Miami-Dade County will focus on addressing needs in the unincorporated areas of Arch Creek and Biscayne Gardens.

Residents from unincorporated Miami-Dade County who are interested in learning more about this program are asked to attend the meeting or indicate interest by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 305-375-5593. Residents cannot apply directly for the grant. All applications must go through Miami-Dade County; staff will prepare the application and are available to answer any questions. Detailed information can be found online.