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Monday, 01 October 2018 14:52

Red Cross awards Habitat Lee & Hendry nearly $500,000 to aid Irma victims

The Red Cross has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties’ Disaster Recovery Program almost $500,000 to aid Hurricane Irma victims. These funds will allow Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program to help low income residents, who own their home, with repairs as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The Red Cross received generous support for the American public in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. With donated funds, the Red Cross has provided emergency relief and will continue to provide disaster relief and recovery, directly and through organizations like Habitat Lee and Hendry’s Disaster Recovery Program.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launched their Disaster Recovery Program after Hurricane Irma as the long-term solution to damage caused by a natural disaster. Since the program’s start, Habitat has partnered with 40 homeowners to complete repairs, and currently, has 26 homes in the process of being repaired. Habitat receives about 10 new inquiries for the Disaster Recovery Program every week.

Basic requirements for Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program for Lee and Hendry County residents are they must own the home where the repairs are to be made; occupy the home as their primary residence; and have a household income below 80% of the Area Median Income.

Residents interested in learning more about Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program can attend an informational meeting on November 6, 2018 at 9:30am at the Downtown Fort Myers Library in Meeting Room A. There is no need to register for the meeting. More information can be found at habitat4humanity.org or by calling (239) 652-4663.

More information about the Red Cross can found at redcross.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, over 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

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