Hurricane Irma Recovery Assistance

Where can individuals in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties get help if they have been impacted by Hurricane IRMA?

CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas can immediately provide job placement to anyone who has lost their job or self-employment due to Hurricane Irma. We are developing full-time temporary positions for individuals eligible for DUA benefits and interested in assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. For inquiries please email

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Is Also Available For Individuals Who:

  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of disaster;
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.

DUA APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31ST To file a DUA claim go to or call 1-800-385-3920.


  • Pinellas County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma are eligible for individual disaster assistance. Residents can easily access federal disaster assistance through the FEMA mobile app available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. The app allows residents to upload and share photos of damage, access local resources, and toggle between English and Spanish. Assistance can also be requested by filling out an online questionnaire and aid application at or calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Those with access to the Internet are encouraged to apply that way.
  • Individuals can call 2-1-1 for information on the many services available to those impacted by Hurricane Irma around our community and for general support.
  • Pinellas County disaster relief assistance:
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the State of Florida and CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas may establish a Disaster Recovery Center in Pinellas and in Hillsborough counties. These centers are kept open and running as long as necessary to serve the public. Depending on the storm's severity, assistance may include: 
    • Temporary housing
    • Low interest small business loans
    • Unemployment assistance
    • Individual and family grants
    • Crisis counseling

A description of these centers can be found here: and a link to FEMA’s Hurricane Irma website can be found here: and the link to FEMA’s individual disaster assistance application can be found here: and the FAQs for the application is here:

  • The Recovery Bureau of the Florida Division of Emergency Management has multiple links to various assistance that may be needed including temporary housing, damage assessment, etc.:
  • The Recovery Bureau of the Florida Division of Emergency Management also has information on the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) which provides money and services to eligible individuals in the disaster area when losses are not covered by their insurance. That information can be found through this link:
  • State of Florida Unmet Needs Program assists individuals and families who may need additional assistance that is outside of standard assistance grants:
  • Some of the cities in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties as well as the county government are opening disaster recovery centers to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Staff will be available to assist area residents in making an application to FEMA for individual or business assistance as well as with other needs. Additional community organizations may be on site to provide information on their disaster support services.
  • Individuals may qualify for tax relief as a result of the Hurricane Irma disaster.  IRS link for this information:
  • REPORT DAMAGE to your business from Hurricane Irma. This is the primary portal for private sector damage assessments and recovery. The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses. Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey:
  • APPLY FOR A SBA DISASTER LOAN. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.
  • APPLY FOR A SHORT-TERM FLORIDA DISASTER BUSINESS BRIDGE LOAN. The Bridge Loan provides short-term funding until an SBA Loan or insurance reimbursement arrives. The purpose of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program is to provide a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses impacted by a disaster. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to "bridge the gap" between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
    Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: