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Hurricane Sally swept over the Florida panhandle, making landfall on September 16, 2020, as a Category 2 hurricane, and bringing heavy rainfall and flooding.

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the state of Florida will receive $187,383,000 in funding to support long-term recovery efforts following Hurricane Sally through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Office of Long-Term Resiliency.  Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding is designed to address needs that remain after all other assistance has been exhausted. When applying for funding through the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Sally IRP, applicants must provide a detailed description of damage caused by Hurricane Sally, including plans to mitigate against future damage, and show how the proposed project will assist the community in rebuilding after Hurricane Sally. 

Eligible Counties

  • HUD designated Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) Areas (80% of the Funding awarded to these counties through a competitive application process)
    • Escambia County
    • Santa Rosa County
  • State designated MID areas (20% of the Funding awarded to these counties through a competitive application process)
    • Okaloosa
    • Walton
    • Bay

Rebuild Florida Programs

Housing Programs

    Infrastructure Programs

      Economic Revitalization Programs

      • Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program ($5,000,000) - Designed to provide funding opportunities for local workforce development boards, educational institutions and technical centers located in the communities most impacted by Hurricane Sally to train new workers in construction trades.
      • Workforce Affordable Housing Construction Program ($25,000,000) - Designed to construct new affordable rental housing in areas impacted by Hurricane Sally.

      Citizen Participation

      Escambia County values citizen and stakeholder engagement and will provide a reasonable opportunity of at least 30 days for citizen comment and ongoing citizen access to information about the use of these grant funds.  During the development of our grant applications, we will consult with disaster-affected citizens, stakeholders, local government, public housing authorities, and other affected parties in the surrounding geographic area.  Please look for press releases, social media posts and public meetings.

      Click here to read the Escambia Consortium Citizen Participation Plan.

      Citizen Complaint Procedures

      Escambia County takes citizen complaints seriously and has developed a complaints resolution protocol to ensure that timely response is provided to all citizens or entities within 15 working days of receipt of the complaint. Please email complaints regarding any of the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Sally Escambia County projects to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

      State Action Plan

      DEO led the state's efforts in creating the federally required State Action Plan that provides a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities' long-term recovery and mitigation needs. The State Action Plan was developed with input from state and community partners, as well as citizens, to determine the remaining long-term recovery needs and most critical disaster mitigation needs.

      The State Action Plan was posted for a 30-day public comment period beginning May 6, 2022 and ending June 6, 2022, during which comments were submitted on the State Action Plan. The State Action Plan, as approved by HUD, is below:

      Additional Documentation 

      Threat Assessment for Less Severe Hazards - Action Plan Attachment

      Program Documentation Requirements

      Procurements and Solicitations

      Policies and Procedures



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