Hurricane Irma Recovery Resources for Immokalee

Below is a listing of resources to help Immokalee families recover from Hurricane Irma.  The site is updated frequently, so please email changes/updates to dottiecook@ruralneighborhoods.org.  Please contact CRA Director, Debrah Forester at debrah.forester@colliercountyfl.gov or at 239-285-8270 to coordinate resources or discuss other recovery issues.

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Community Coordinating Meetings

  • Community Meeting October 17th at 6 pm at Bethel Assembly of God.

Water | Housing & Debris | Food Distribution | Ice

Housing and Debris Assistance

Emergency housing for people who lost their homes or had significant damage to their homes – contact Elizabeth Hernandez at the RCMA State Office at 402 West Main Street.

Homeowners are encouraged to report damage to their homes to the County using the following link http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-a-e/emergency-management.  The County will use this information to request assistance from the state and federal governments.

For damaged roofs, Operation Blue Roof can be reached at 888-Roof-Blu  or http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof/ (they are no longer located at 210 Alachua Street).  If ineligible for the Blue Roof program or if the home is a mobile home with a flat roof, contact Frank Rincon at Bethel Assembly of God at 239-503-8136 for tarps or the Code Enforcement section at 210 Alachua Street.

To apply for FEMA assistance, contact FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit www.disasterassistance.gov  FEMA can assist with funding for some home repairs and reimbursement for certain food or evacuation expenses.

County Tagging System – County is currently assessing damaged housing units to determine their soundness.  If a unit has a red tag, it received major damage and may be unsafe to use.  A yellow tag means enter with caution as the building sustained some damage and may be unsafe for use.

To request a credit from Comcast/Xfinity for the time residents were not receiving cable service, call 800-391-3000 or complete the form at www.xfinity.com/florida-form.

LIHEAP funds of up to $1,000/household are available to assist with hurricane related expenses including costs to restore power, secure temporary housing, or restore cooling or heating to a home.  In Collier, contact 844-356-8138 for more information.

Food Assistance

D-SNAP has been approved for Florida.  Application information and locations will be posted as soon as it is available.  Details will also be available at https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/.

To qualify for D-SNAP, individuals must have lived or worked in one of the 48 declared counties on September 5, and NOT be a customer in the regular food assistance program. Individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register online. Pre-registration is a brief application process that adds your information to the system in advance of your local site visit. The application is available here.

The deadline for current recipients to complete the September 2017 renewal/recertification for Food Assistance (SNAP), Medicaid, and Temporary Cash Assistance has been extended for one month, from 9/30/17 to 10/31/17. If a resident’s benefits were due to expire in September, they will now expire in October 2017.

The following sites are distributing water, non-perishable food, or other recovery supplies or accepting donations:

  • Bethel Assembly of God Church at 1225 West Main St – 239-503-8136.  This site is also accepting some donations – call first to schedule drop-offs.
  • Friendship House at 602 West Main Street – 239-657-4090
  • Guadalupe Center at 509 Hope Circle – 239-657-7711 is accepting donations of certain items – call first to schedule drop-offs.
  • Guadalupe Social Services at 211 S. Ninth St. – 239-657-6242.  This site also accepts donations – call first to schedule drop-offs.
  • First Baptist Church at 1411 Lake Trafford Road – 239-216-1183.  This site also accepts donations – call first to schedule drop-offs.
  • RCMA State Office at 402 W. Main Street is accepting donations – 800-282-6540  – call first to schedule drop-offs.

Hot Meal Distributions

  • Grassroots Alliance of California will offer free hot meals at the intersection of Boston & First Street beginning September 21 and continuing for two weeks.  A unit for showers will also be available at that location.

 

Business Assistance/Unemployment Assistance

  • The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides short-term, interest-free loans to help businesses affected by Hurricane Irma with cash flow until they are reimbursed by their insurance company or receive other financial aid.  Go to http://www.floridadisasterloan.org for more information.  To apply for a Small Business Administration loan, go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
  •  DEO is currently surveying businesses in affected counties to determine damage. Businesses can report their damage using the survey located at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda   They can also report their damage to Collier County using the following link http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-a-e/emergency-management
  • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program provides assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. To apply for DUA, go to www.floridajobs.org or call the Florida Disaster Unemployment Assistance Line at 1-800-385-3920.

Non-profit Resources

  • NCEF wants to provide support for child-related projects to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Irma. To learn about future opportunities, sign up for their newsletter at http://www.napleswinefestival.com/strategic-initiatives/
  •  Non-profit organizations can receive temporary disaster recovery workers through Florida’s Disaster Relief Employment Program at no cost to their organization.  For more information, contact Suseth, Selina, or Yvarre at the Immokalee CareerSource.