Boats sit on the side of the road after Hurricane Irma on US1 on September 16, 2017 in Marathon, Florida. Many places in the Keys still lack water, electricity or mobile phone service and residents are still not permitted to go further south than Islamorada. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reported that 25-percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65-percent sustained major damage when they took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Angel Valentin/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
FEMA officials announced Tuesday that the short-term emergency sheltering program will end March 10, six months after Irma hit the Sunshine State.
At the request of the state, FEMA extended the temporary hotel program five times over the last six months.
More than 26,000 households have already moved out after making home repairs or finding suitable longer-term housing.
FEMA has been working with survivors to help them identify resources and develop a long-term housing plan.