Text: RecoverGulf to 41444
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type: Gulf County LTRO
Send a check to:
United Way of Northwest Florida
PO Box 586
Panama City, FL 32402
* note Gulf LTRO in the memo of the check
Donations are tax deductible through the generous support of our fiscal sponsor, United Way of Northwest Florida.
IRS 501(c)(3) status for the Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team is pending IRS approval.
100% of all donations will be applied to recovery efforts in the Gulf County (and Mexico Beach) service area.
GULF COUNTY WAS CATASTROPHICALLY IMPACTED BY HURRICANE MICHAEL
Disasters like Hurricane Michael don’t affect all communities the same. People who are elderly or disabled, who have mobility impairments or special medical issues, lack transportation or don’t speak English are more vulnerable to health and financial crises in a natural disaster and may require more help to recover. Essential resources and services are often already limited in areas of high-poverty, and disasters only make these resources less accessible. Gulf County has a disproportional number of elderly residents. 4.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Gulf County, FL (2.03k out of 13.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average
Many in our community still live in damaged homes, or are completely displaced and live in travel trailers and tents. Others were forced to leave the area all together having lost their jobs and/or housing. The Citizens of Gulf County Long Term Recovery Team (CGCRT) was formed immediately after the storm to identify and address the unmet needs of individuals, families, and the community as a whole. In April of 2019 World Renew Disaster Response Services deployed to Gulf County for two weeks and conducted a community needs assessment. The results confirmed that housing, especially among our vulnerable elderly population, is the number one issue. World Renew conducted one hundred and eighty one (181) household interviews (a small sample of over five thousand FEMA registrants in the County). Assessments completed estimated construction recovery cost at $9,383,295. This estimate scratches the surface of need.
YOUR DONATION WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT MATERIALS AND LABOR REQUIRED TO RESTORE HOMES AND IMPROVE LIVES IN THE COMMUNITY