FEMA hotel vouchers for Hurricane Irma evacuees ends this weekend


A FEMA hotel voucher program for Hurricane Irma evacuees in Florida is ending Saturday, March 10.

The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program pays for temporary emergency sheltering in hotel rooms for eligible survivors for a limited period of time. The program was activated after Gov. Rick Scott made a disaster declaration on Sept. 10, the day Irma made landfall in the lower Florida Keys, and has been extended five times over the last six months. The program has cost over $110 million, which is being paid with federal and state funds.

The federal agency says 27,303 Floridian households have used the TSA program in those months, and more than 26,000 families have moved out of those hotels after fixing their homes or finding long-term housing. But as of March, 1,124 families in Florida were still using the hotels as emergency sheltering.

"Survivors who are still participating in the program are strongly urged to take advantage of the resources presented them in workshops, through caseworkers and nonprofits to arrange other housing solutions by the scheduled check-out date of March 11," the agency said in a statement. 

Floridian families in the TSA program who still need help finding housing can call 211 or find available housing at FloridaHousingSearch.org.

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