More than $90 million in Irma-related FEMA aid approved for Southwest Florida – Naples Daily News
Southwest Florida communities reflect on their needs after Hurricane Irma. Katie Klann/Naples Daily News
A man rides his bike by a trailer that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in Immokalee on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)Buy Photo
More than $90 million in FEMA aid was approved for recipients across Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties for Irma-related damage.
The money comes from the agency’s Individuals and Households program, which is intended for basic needs and is a supplement to disaster recovery efforts. The breakdown by county:
Lee County: 125,713 registrations, $47,861,498 approved Collier County: 72,252 registrations, $32,978,338 approved Charlotte County: 14,659 registrations, $5,046,371 approved Hendry County: 8,149 registrations, $4,122,012 approved
Across the state, FEMA has approved more than $960 million for individuals and households, and nearly $13 million in public assistance grants, according to FEMA’s website.
Jon Hyatt has been living at a motel since he received a voucher from FEMA about two weeks after Irma. The 70-year-old said he waited out the hurricane in his trailer in Alva with his therapy dog, then cut a screen in his back window to escape when the trailer flooded and fallen trees blocked his doors.
He said one of his neighbors helped him complete an application, and after staying without power with a friend for about two weeks, he got his voucher for a motel about 10 miles from his trailer.
FEMA “re-upped” his voucher for him to extend his motel stay, but he said he has to leave