SEBRING — Recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma have reached a steady but busy pace as opposed to the frenetic pace of survival right after the storm. Some services are being phased out or have a looming deadline.
The first service to end will be the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Blue Roof program. The program helps homeowners tarp their roofs with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers. Application in person is required and can be done at the Disaster Recovery Center at 4509 George Blvd. in Sebring. The last day to apply for a blue roof is Friday. The Army Corps of Engineers will continue to tarp roofs but the application process will be done.
USDA’a Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance will be taking applications at the Highlands News-Sun Center at 781 Magnolia Ave. in Sebring from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Applications will be accepted online at dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/ until the end of October.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the deadline for its Disaster Unemployment Assistance program has been extended to Oct. 31. This program provides funds to those who are eligible under the program’s guidelines. People who have lost wages due to the storm because of building loss or inability to perform a service of self-employment are eligible. People who have been injured as a result of storm cleanup are also eligible. To apply, visit floridajobs.org or call 1-800-385-3920.
The Small Business Association is offering businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations with low interest loans to assist with damage from Hurricane Irma. The first application deadline is Nov. 9 for homeowners, renters and non-profit organizations. The second deadline for economically injured businesses is June 11, 2018. Visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.