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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5 Ways to Get Help After Hurricane Irma


I have five relief assistance tips to share to help those who’ve been impacted by Hurricane Irma.

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My team and I are out in Lehigh Acres today helping those affected by Hurricane Irma by grilling some hot dogs and passing out chips and water. This area was hit particularly hard, and there are a lot of residents that are still without electricity and other essential needs. I was able to bring my family along with me, and they were glad to lend a hand as well.

We’re doing what we can to help, and if you need help or you’re wondering how you can help others affected by Hurricane Irma, here are five ways to do so:

  1. Food and water points of distribution in Lee County. Residents of Lee County who have been affected by Hurricane Irma can go to one of three points of distribution to receive food and water. These will be drive-up distribution locations, where the National Guard will be handing out MREs (meals ready-to-eat) and water.
  2. Mortgage assistance. As we now live in a federally declared disaster area (the state of Florida), if you have a mortgage, your mortgage holder is required by federal law to give you a three-month forbearance on your mortgage payments at no cost and no credit implications if requested. Call your mortgage lender for more information or assistance.
  3. FEMA disaster assistance. If you want to get FEMA disaster assistance, grants and loans are available for lost wages, personal property, property damage, and more. Some have to be repaid and some don’t. Visit DisasterAssistance.Gov for more information.
  4. Don’t hesitate to follow up on these five tips.
  5. Buying a home with no money down. You can buy a home with 0% down with an FHA 203 (H) Loan. This loan program is specially designed for victims in disaster areas. Whether you live in a rental or a home that was damaged by a hurricane, this loan program enables you to buy a different home.
  6. IRS tax returns. Those who have been affected by the storm have until January 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. Visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations for more information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.