Rebuild Florida: Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

About This Campaign

Through the HABITAT HAMMERS BACK initiative, Habitat for Humanity is working with its local offices, like South Palm Beach County and deploying trained Habitat "Disaster Corps" volunteers responding to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helping families to clean up and prepare for the rebuilding effort to come.

In Florida, Habitat is conducting rapid assessments of Hurricane Irma damage and helping clean out homes damaged by winds and flood waters. Habitat’s long-term post-disaster recovery efforts include repair of damaged homes and construction of new affordable homes.

Construction plans will be determined after evaluations and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

Habitat has been responding to disasters since 1997 and to date has helped more than 230,000 families in 52 countries through its disaster response work. Following Hurricane Katrina, Habitat organizations along the Gulf Coast built more than 6,000 homes and removed debris and cleaned more than 2,500 homes in preparation for rehabilitation. Habitat also mounted responses to Hurricane Sandy, tornadoes through the South and Midwest, and earthquakes and typhoons overseas.

The devastation wrought by the hurricanes is as acute as it is expansive.

One family’s pain of assembling a jumble of flood-ruined stuffed animals and photo albums on their living room floor is overwhelming.

The winds and rainfall have made hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria disasters of unprecedented scale. But the true hallmark of these storms is as a housing disaster of nearly unparalleled scale, with hundreds of thousands of houses destroyed or damaged. That affects lower-income people the most, as demand for intact housing has spiked, leading to higher and higher prices.

Just as we have done before, Habitat for Humanity is answering the call to help families get back on their feet. Recovery from these hurricanes will be measured in months and years, not days and weeks. We’ve built our HABITAT HAMMERS BACK initiative with that in mind. As vital services are restored and first responders stand down, Habitat is ramping up its response.

Below, are the three phases of the Habitat Hammers Back recovery initiative outlined by Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford. But first,let’s answer the question we are getting most often in the weeks after Irma:

How can I help?


Our response will only be constrained by the amount of funding that we are able to raise. We’ll keep working as long as the need is unmet and funds are available. Recent studies show that the lion’s share of disaster response funding goes to emergency relief, leaving as little as 5 to 10 percent of the money for reconstruction and recovery. The emergency relief work is important, but with more than 100,000 homes damaged or destroyed by Harvey, Irma and Maria, we need resources to help families who have lost so much through this long-term recovery.


In the immediate aftermath of the hurricanes, it is important to give first responders and trained disaster responders the space and resources they need for their work. But as we move into the long-term rebuilding phase, we’ll be counting on volunteers to help, just as they have so many times before.

The HABITAT HAMMERS BACK action plan has three phases:


In the days and weeks immediately following the hurricanes, Habitat teams have been hard at work with the immediate response effort. We’ve deployed our Mobile Response Units and teams of our Disaster Corps volunteers to hurricane-affected areas in Texas and Florida to help increase the capacity of local Habitat organizations. Our teams have been focused on the following tasks:

Conducting rapid assessments of damage to housing in hurricane-affected regions and collecting data to prioritize repair;

Removing debris and performing emergency repairs in affected homes;

Working with our local Habitat organizations to assess their capacity for long-term recovery work; and

Coordinating with other responders including long-term recovery groups and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.


As we move out of the immediate emergency response, we turn our focus to helping families understand the recovery process and access resources to expedite repairs.

In Phase 2, Habitat:

Provides guidance to affected families on insurance claims and applications for emergency government assistance;
Determines gaps in necessary funding for house repairs and construction;

Disburses funds to local Habitat organizations to support repair and rebuilding; and

Designs long-term rebuilding plans.


In the final phase, our goal is to bring to scale our repair and reconstruction plans. This phase will be the longest and most expensive, as we work through our local Habitat organizations to:

Rehabilitate and repair damaged houses, with a focus on resilience to help homes withstand future disasters;

Construct new affordable housing, to help alleviate intensified economic pressures that have driven up the cost of housing;

Mobilize volunteers from around the country to assist; and
Engage in collaborative partnerships with other recovery organizations, providing technical assistance and working in concert to renew communities.

Families affected by the hurricanes are counting on all of us. Please join us in offering relief for them.

Habitat is committed to this recovery for the long haul. We’ll need your help to meet this commitment.

Thank you for your support of our Florida families.

Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County

Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that works to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for hardworking and deserving families in the cities of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton, Florida. We build homes in partnership with families who demonstrate a need for housing and a willingness to work with us to purchase a home of their own. With the help of our generous supporters and volunteers, since our establishment in 1991 we have empowered over 126 families in our community to achieve their dream of owning a safe, decent and affordable home.

  1. An anonymous donation of $104.59 has been made
    This donation is dedicated to the memory of our cousin Elizabeth Clark for her tireless devotion to helping others her entire life. RIP.
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    Thank you for the opportunity to join you in your efforts to support our friends and fellow citizens in Texas.
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    • Mohamed Abdalla
      Mohamed Abdalla

      Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County would like to thank Polen Capital Management for their generous donation of $10,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort! Because of organizations such as Polen Capital, we will be able to reach our goals to assist volunteers and other Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help rebuild communities in Houston and the Gulf Coast. We encourage local businesses, organizations and community members to continue to help support these relief efforts for those in need. #HopeForHouston

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  7. Polen Capital Management
    Polen Capital Management gave a $10,000 donation
    Our thoughts are with all of those that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. With this donation, we are looking forward to helping Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County exceed its goals to help restore and rebuild the Houston community.
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    Habitat for Humanity gave a $10.74 donation
    I want to dedicate this gift to my friends and family who live in Texas and are affected by this horrible disaster.
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