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Effects of Hurricane Irma Still a Reality for Many in Broward

As the Anniversary of Irma Passes, Its Effects Still a Reality for Many in Broward

Fort LauderdaleAs the anniversary of Hurricane Irma passed recently, its aftermath is still very present for several thousand Broward residents.

Broward Recovery Coalition offering help for persons Effected by Hurricane Irma Still a Reality for Many in BrowardLasting damage to homes and finances continues to be an issue for over 400 families being assisted by the Long Term Recovery Coalition of Broward County (LTRC).

Made up of approximately 50 local partners representing non-profit, government, businesses and faith based organizations, the LTRC has provided resources and supports to those still affected.

Retired Hollywood residents Diana and Carol experienced considerable home and furniture damage during the storm. The LTRC was able to procure a sofa bed, sheets, clothes household items and weekly meal deliveries through partner Meals on Wheels and funding from the United Way of Broward, as well as ongoing food box deliveries from Feeding South Florida. In addition, the Disaster Case Manager from another partner, Hispanic Unity of Florida, helped them complete applications for transportation assistance and other safety net programs, as well as additional financial support.

“You literally saved our lives,” said Diana, who is disabled. “Carol now will have food stamps and Medicaid. We both would have been homeless and hungry. The food and encouragement was so needed at a time when we could only pray, not daring to hope.  Like angels, God sent you and our prayers were answered. Thank you for helping and thank God for sending you to us.”

The Brown family from Plantation, consisting of a single mom with a disabled child, had also suffered extensive storm damage to their apartment.

LTRC partner United Way helped them find temporary housing and the Disaster Case Manager from Memorial Healthcare helped to place the child in a special needs daycare through Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Services (PPEC), among other supports from other agencies.

Organizations and businesses interested in supporting the work of the LTRC should contact Bill Condon at [email protected].

Broward County Residents affected by Hurricane Irma and needing assistance should call 211 to register and have a Disaster Case Manager assigned to them or click here.


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