Builders Support Hurricane Ivan Recovery Efforts
One hurricane season later, residents of Northwest Florida are still rebuilding their community following the destruction of Hurricane Ivan, and local home builders are contributing in that effort.
At a recent home and product expo, Doug Sprague, president of the Home Builders Association of West Florida, presented a $100,000 check to Rebuild Northwest Florida, a public/private partnership that is coordinating need-based recovery initiatives for citizens of Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
Some 75,000 homes in those counties were damaged by last year’s storm and 50,000 people were displaced. More than 37,000 of those homes belonged to families with annual household incomes of less than $30,000, and more than 10,000 families did not have the financial means, government assistance or insurance coverage to make adequate repairs.
A collaborative effort involving citizens, non-profit organizations, churches, government and businesses, Rebuild Northwest Florida is providing assistance for local residents to rebuild and fortify their homes.
“We made a commitment to do this for our community and our members stepped up the plate and made it happen,” Sprague said at the check presentation. Also attending were Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings and David Peaden, executive director of the builders association.
Sprague noted that members of the association contributed another $125,000 to the rebuilding effort before its pledge drive.