DeSantis Announces 5 Million Available to Help Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian with Insurance

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that 5 million dollars would be provided through a partnership with Florida Housing Finance Corporation to help Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian pay their insurance deductibles.

During the press conference in Punta Gorda, the governor said the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, or SHIP, would give the $5 million to its local partners to help Floridians in areas hit by Hurricane Ian pay the deductibles. These areas include Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota counties. Anyone in these areas can apply to see if they qualify for funding assistance but are asked to contact their local SHIP office for more information.

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Trey Price, executive director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation, made a statement at the conference.

“We know there are many hardworking families and senior citizens on a fixed income that live in the areas impacted by Hurricane Ian… By providing the necessary financial assistance to help these families pay their insurance deductibles we hope this will ease some of the burden that comes after a major storm and allow the focus to remain on recovery.”

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This is not additional spending either. The money comes from the legislature, which gave SHIP 5 Million to set aside in case of a natural disaster.

“Following the impacts of Hurricane Ian, it was really important to us to make sure people were able to get back into their homes and rebuild as quickly as possible.We know a lot of homeowners had coverage for the storm, however insurance deductibles are expensive and often a gap not covered by other support. These funds will immediately help families and seniors with limited means get closer to recovery.”


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