MESSAGE FROM MAYOR GREG BRUDNICKI
You may have noticed several properties, public and privately owned, around the city are being prepared as FEMA Housing Sites. There are six group sites within the city limits: Carver and Washington Drives, 205 Kraft Avenue, 1301 Frankford Avenue, 805 East Avenue, 1119 East Avenue and the Bay County Fairgrounds.
FEMA has begun licensing-in eligible households to occupy the trailers at the Carver Group Site on Carver and Washington Drives. The other sites are undergoing construction and license-in procedures will follow.
The state of Florida and FEMA provide this Direct Temporary Housing Assistance to support eligible Hurricane Michael survivors in areas where rental resources and housing options are scarce. Housing may be provided for up to 18 months from October 11th, the date of the Presidential disaster declaration. FEMA staff will meet with the survivors regularly to help them secure permanent housing.
FEMA shared with me that it expects all eligible survivors from Panama City will have temporary housing by February 15th. Housing units also are being placed on homeowners’ property and on other sites within Bay County.
In addition to the Direct Housing Assistance such as trailers, FEMA also provides Transitional Sheltering Assistance such as hotels and Rental Assistance.
We appreciate being able to work with FEMA to provide citizens with temporary housing close to where they lived prior to Hurricane Michael. The City is also developing long-term housing solutions, including partnering with the Panama City Housing Authority to rebuild public housing and taking steps to encourage the development of affordable single family homes within the City.