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>> After Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys last September, Terry Matter moved into a government trailer parked along a debris clogged canal. And she's still living here months later as the rebuilding slowly take shape. But Matter considers herself one of the lucky ones. Many of her neighbors moved out of the Keys before affordable safe housing was not available for everyone.
Almost 1200 homes were destroyed in Monroe County which includes the Keys and parts of the mainland. But that figure doesn't include trailers, a popular form of housing down in the tourist hub.>> It's really hard for the service industry in town because it's so hard to afford live here.
I think it's bought some enlightenment to affordable housing.>> Monroe county commissioner George Newgen estimates 15 to 25% of the population has left or is leaving.>> There's some people who have lost everything they had and don't have the economic where with all to rebuild. And those are the people that are living, those are the people that we're targeting to try to help to keep here, where our focus is on people in the workforce.
>> Monroe County has teamed up with developers and donors with a plan to build homes capable of withstanding 200 mile per hour winds that are affordable to hospitality workers. And the construction couldn't come fast enough as the region braces for what the new hurricane season may bring.