Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FEMA hotel vouchers for Hurricane Irma evacuees ends this weekend

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 4:36 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA NASA
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

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 7, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation