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Hurricane Season 2023

Orange County wants to know how to spend $219 million

Asking for community's input on utilizing federal hurricane recovery funding


Orange County Government is set to receive $219 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds (CDBG-DR) to address unmet needs related to Hurricane Ian, including long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure, housing and economic revitalization needs, and mitigation of damage from future storms.

“These dollars are intended to help communities in the hardest-hit areas recover from the damage left behind from Hurricane Ian,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “Before we can allocate the funds and provide comprehensive programming, we must first go to our community and understand the most pressing unmet needs.”

Through an online survey, available in English, Spanish, and Creole, focus group discussions, and in-person community meetings, Orange County staff will seek feedback from local jurisdictions, public housing authorities, advocacy groups, community partners, and residents of affected areas to determine the long-term resiliency needs and the most critical mitigation opportunities. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, October 30, 2023.

Survey findings, results, and resident comments from the community meetings, along with comments and suggestions from other affected stakeholders, will assist the Orange County Housing and Community Development Division in the development of an action plan and its eventual implementation.

 Community meetings will be held in each of the County Commission Districts. Below are the confirmed dates and locations. 


Thursday, September 28, 2023, 6 p.m.

Orange County District 2 – Commissioner Christine Moore

John Bridges Community Center

445 W. 13th Street

Apopka, FL 32703

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 6 p.m.

Orange County District 2 – Commissioner Christine Moore

New Beginnings Church

6859 Edgewater Commerce Pkwy.

Orlando, FL 32810

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

Orange County District 1 – Commissioner Nicole H. Wilson

Tildenville Elementary School

1221 Brick Rd.

Winter Garden, FL 34787

Monday, October 16, 2023, 6 p.m.

Orange County District 5 – Commissioner Emily Bonilla

Bithlo Community Park

18501 Washington Ave.

Orlando, FL 32820

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 6 p.m.

Orange County District 5 – Commissioner Emily Bonilla

Goldenrod Recreation Center

4863 N. Goldenrod Rd.

Winter Park, FL 32792

 Thursday, October 19, 2023, 6 p.m.

Orange County District 4 – Commissioner Maribel Gomez-Cordero

East Orange Community Center

12050 E. Colonial Dr.

Orlando, FL 32826

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 6 p.m.

Orange County District 3 – Commissioner Mayra Uribe

Taft Community Center

9450 S. Orange Ave.

Orlando, FL 32824

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

Orange County District 6 – Commissioner Michael “Mike” Scott

Orlo Vista Elementary School

3 S. Hastings St.

Orlando, FL 32835

Information and input from these meetings, along with data from federal, state, and local stakeholders and community advocates, will help in the development of an action plan. The plan will detail the most impactful projects and programs that will primarily assist low to moderate-income households, and it could include activities such as construction or rehabilitation of housing, repairs to damaged infrastructure, potential assistance to businesses and affected industries, and mitigation of risks and damages from future disaster events.

For more information, FAQs and a complete list of meetings, visit: www.ocfl.net/CDBG-DR

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