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FEMA to stop sheltering Florida Irma victims in hotels

By Associated Press
Hurricane Irma detroyed much of Big Pine Key, one of the worst-hit areas in the Florida Keys. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

ORLANDO — 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.

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