If you're a current Florida resident with a disability and your medical equipment and/or devices were damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria, you may be eligible for reimbursement.


What the Disability Disaster Grant Covers 

Dedicated staff
Access to businesses
Mobility Equipment, 
including canes, scooters rollators, ramps and wheelchairs
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  • Review this web page and what follows below to confirm that you qualify.
  • If you are not already registered, register in the Employ Florida Marketplace.
  • Complete online, download and sign the Start-Up Now application. Must be 18+ years of age or older.
  • Attach your resume
  • Attach copy of your DD-214 (if a veteran)
  • We will need your high school and college transcripts within 3 months of acceptance into the program.
  • Attach copy of your proof of Selective Service Registration.  Must be registered with the Selective Service System (if male, born on or after Jan 1, 1960). Go to “Registration” then “Check Registration”.)
  • Attach a copy of your signed Social Security card, payroll stub with SSN or IRS tax form with SSN. Must be legally able to work in the United States — if not a citizen (see I-9 Acceptable Documents List and go to page 9).
  • Attach a copy of your driver’s license (or U.S. issued passport).
  • Attach a copy of your resident card or work permit authorization if non-citizen.
  • Send your application along with all documentation (see below):
    • Mail to: Start-Up Now Project Manager;  CareerSource Broward, 6301 NW 5th Way; Suite 3000; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
    • Scan and email to: startupnow@careersourcebroward.com
    • Secure fax: 954-337-0920, with a cover sheet specifying Attention: Start-Up Now
  • If selected, you will be notified of an Orientation Session. Invitation to this orientation session does not imply acceptance into the program. Questions? Contact us at startupnow@careersourcebroward.com  .

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DDG is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Click on the link below to begin your application process today!

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CareerSource Broward is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

©2017 CareerSource Broward. All rights reserved.

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Medical Devices, 
including dentures, hearing aids, nebulizers, CPAP machines and eye glasses 
Electronic Devices,

including iPhones and laptops

to assist those with developmental disabilities

CareerSource Broward's Disability Disaster Grant (DDG) provides assistance to individuals with disabilities, who reside in Florida, whose durable medical equipment or devices were damaged, destroyed or lost as a result of the two storms. Individuals affected may be eligible for reimbursement for medical equipment or devices, including the following: 

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Our Disability Disaster Grant has helped more than 40 households throughout 18 Florida counties. Here's a story of one of the families from Monroe County:

The customer works as a full-time educator within her local school district and applied for financial assistance to help cover the out-of-pocket expenses for replacing medical equipment for her mother. The customer’s 79-year-old mother suffered a stroke a few days before Hurricane Irma hit her area. Her mother’s house, along with her durable medical equipment and other personal property, were completely destroyed. With nowhere else to go, the customer moved her mother into her home and helped purchase the medical equipment that was installed in her mother's home so that she could around safely.

The customer is also the primary caregiver for her 7-year-old autistic grandson, who had his eyeglasses damaged due to the hurricane. The customer had paid out-of-pocket for the eyeglass repair and applied for financial assistance through the Disability Disaster Grant project. The support provided by the grant helped minimize the additional burdens shouldered by the customer, and allowed her to continue participating in the workforce .

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to being current Florida residents, those seeking financial assistance must meet the following requirements: 

  • Resided in Florida at the time of Hurricanes Irma or Maria or
  • Resided in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands at the time of Hurricane Maria
  • Individuals must submit an application along with supporting documents
Access ApplicationOfficial Grant Flyer