Moving Forward After Irma
Now that the storm has passed, there is much work to be done in the beautiful community we all call home. As we work on clearing debris and repairing the damage from Hurricane Irma, donations are more important than ever. Donations made specifically for our repair efforts ensure that we will not have to divert funds from building homes.
Habitat Collier’s Post-Irma Efforts
Because we were spared the intense storm surge and potential category 5 winds initially projected, our immediate post-Irma strategy is focused on clean-up and minor repairs for Habitat homeowners and our neighbors in the community.
Within days of Hurricane Irma, Habitat staff was out surveying the damage in Habitat neighborhoods and the greater Collier County community. While we were relieved to find no structural damage to any of the over 2,000 Habitat homes in our service area, the devastation to substandard housing in our area was extensive. Our immediate response is focused on provisional repairs and clean-up.
- Habitat for Humanity International has provided a Disaster Relief Vehicle and other resources to assist in recovery efforts.
- We are working to gather volunteers and resources to mitigate minor damage for our partner families until homeowners’ insurance claims are addressed.
- Additionally, we have mobilized crews to non-Habitat communities to clear debris and provide relief to areas that were more severely impacted.
As partners with the families we serve, we are committed to helping them understand the recovery process and access the resources that can assist them in this critical time.
- Habitat Collier will offer budget counseling services to Habitat homeowners to assist in managing the costs associated with the hurricane, filing claims with homeowners’ insurances, and registering with FEMA.
- Creation of a Hurricane Relief Fund to aid in the repair and recovery efforts. This fund will help to cover the cost of the materials and resources needed, while ensuring that we will not have to divert funds from building homes.
- Establishing a Minor Repairs Corps to provide quick, affordable, and trustworthy repair services to Habitat Collier partner families. The Minor Repairs Corps will be able to assess individual need and make minor repairs for those whose costs are less than their insurance deductible.
Our greatest defense against critical losses in a storm like Hurricane Irma is to eliminate substandard housing and replace it with stable, durable, affordable homes. Our long-term goal is to focus on new construction and qualifying families living in inadequate housing.
- Raise funds to purchase land and underwrite construction costs for more affordable homes in Collier County.
- Qualify families currently living in inadequate or substandard housing and provide homeowner education courses.
- Construct new affordable homes and sell them to families in need with a no-interest mortgage.
- Mobilize volunteers to assist in construction, family services and administration
Make a life changing contribution to the lives of children and families in our community, so that they may have a decent place to call home. Donate now.
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) with the Federal Tax Identification #59-1834379. All donations are tax-deductible.