Now, those families will be the beneficiaries of a new
Gillespie said the program, which is in partnership with the
The other nine centers will open in
"It's sad -- many of these homes have holes in the roof and mold in the homes now," Purnell said. "Typically [the families affected] don't have insurance or have very little insurance or were denied."
The challenges involved in paying for extensive repairs -- and securing insurance coverage -- is why many low-income families have put off addressing the damages, instead opting for temporary solutions such as tarps.
But as summer storms rolled in, tarps stopped holding up.
"I've seen pictures where the tarps have been blown or shredded, and the water damage is what's causing the severe mold," Purnell said. This month so far, the group has been able to put in two new roofs, and it has another six pending roof repairs lined up.
A quarter of all those surveyed live in single-parent homes, and 20 percent are disabled.
"We are working to help those who don't have the means to help themselves," she said.
To register for the program, visit RebuildFlorida.gov or call 844-833-1010. Eligible Floridians have until
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