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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development tours Fort Myers after Hurricane Ian

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) recently welcomed Adrianne Todman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to tour the city’s affordable housing communities and discuss local housing needs following Hurricane Ian.

“The Housing Authority has been working to meet the growing needs of residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian by conducting wellness checks, assessing and repairing damage and providing resources,” said Marcia Davis, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers. “It was an honor to have HUD officials walk through the communities with us and discuss ways to help local residents get back on their feet after the storm.”

Todman toured the Southward Village community in the Dunbar area and met with local residents and officials, including City of Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson and HACFM Executive Director Marcia Davis, as well as representatives from Lee County, HUD’s Miami office and community development partners Urban Strategies, Inc. and McCormack Baron Salazar.

“HUD plays an essential role in helping communities recover from and build resilience to disasters and the impacts of climate change. I saw this firsthand in Fort Myers, where I visited HUD-assisted housing that sustained damage from Hurricane Ian and lent HUD’s support to the Floridians we serve,” Todman said. “HUD is committed to supporting the housing needs of impacted Floridians and ensuring that federal resources are equitably distributed to where they are needed most.”

Conversation highlights among community leaders included emergency response updates, areas of identified need for HUD support and plans for future disaster relief funding. Local residents of HUD-assisted housing communities Southward Village and Royal Palm Towers also shared insights on their experiences and resident needs.

“It is inspiring to see Housing Authority, its Community Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Partners, the city of Fort Myers and HUD working closely together to ensure that the ongoing needs of residents are quickly met in the wake of Hurricane Ian,” said HACFM Board Chairman Bruce Strayhorn. “While the storm has heavily impacted our region, the strength of Southwest Florida is abundant.”

Those in need of affordable housing options can learn more and apply by visiting www.HACFM.org or calling 239-344-3220.

About the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers serves as a catalyst for increasing access to safe, stable and sustainable housing and to help develop, preserve and revitalize communities through affordable rental housing. For more information, visit www.HACFM.org or call 239-344-3220.

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