Florida Disaster Relief Aid

 

Consumer Scam Alerts

If your home or automobile suffered damage from Hurricane Irma, don’t sign over benefits of your insurance to contractors without consulting your insurance company. You don’t have to sign an AOB (Assignment of Benefits) to get your home repaired or to get the glass in your vehicle repaired.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Consumer Protection Coalition urge you to be on the lookout for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys that try to profit off the disaster by asking you to sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Remember, consumers do not need to sign an AOB to get storm-related repairs. Click here to listen to a special consumer alert (Courtesy of www.FloridaChamber.com)

 

FEMA Assistance

The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. Individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov.

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. 100% of funds raised will go toward disaster-related response and recovery; there are no overhead costs. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible.

 

Mortgage Relief Options

As an effort to assist homeowners whose lives have been effects by Hurricane Irma, some lenders will help borrowers in disaster areas by permitting a waive of late fees or even suspension of mortgage payments for 3-12 months. 

Conventional Mortgage?  Contact your lender for assistance

FDA Mortgage? Read More Here

For more information, you can also review this Statement By Freddie Mac

 

Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Learn More Here

 

Help For Realtors

Please know if you are a licensed sales associate affected by the storm, the Disaster Relief Fund is dedicated to helping you apply and seek financial assistance in your time of need.  Apply for assistance here:http://www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/DisasterReliefFund/index.cfm 

We give our gratitude to the NAR Board and all Florida Board members such as our own Market President, Trevor Puskar, for their diligent efforts in providing disaster relief to our real estate family throughout the state of Florida.

 

Volunteer to Help Others

REALTORS

SIGN UP TODAY with fellow REALTORS® across Florida.  Each community team will be compiled with members of different skill levels and strengths.  When you sign up…

  • Please indicate any experience or special skills you can offer in this effort to REBuild Florida.
  • Please indicate any cleanup tools you can bring along (saw, chainsaw, hedge clippers, rake, etc)
  • Please indicate any non-perishable food items, water, or hurricane overstock items that you can bring for donations to communities.

Sign up and choose your times Here: http://signup.com/go/CumDijK

 

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPTIONS

Red Cross

Volunteer Florida - Call 1-800-FL-Help-1 (1-800-354-3571)

 

More Disaster Relief Details

http://floridadisaster.org/info/