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Additional funds may be coming for Hurricane Florence recovery

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By April Bamburg | Feb 21, 2020


Individuals affected by Hurricane Florence may be getting a new push toward recovery through the ReBuild NC Program.

A recent article published by Public Radio East announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a federal register notice that allows North Carolina to develop a draft-action plan, which can be used to fund repair, reconstruction and elevation of homes through the program. The Office of Recovery and Resiliency is closer to getting the $542 million it needs to fund the program.

The notice issued guidelines that require North Carolina to spend 80 percent of the funding in areas affected by the 2018 storm, which could include Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson counties, locations that were deemed the most impacted areas following the hurricane.

According to the ReBuild NC Program website, individuals who were affected by Hurricane Florence should reach out to Disaster Case Management by emailing DCMNC@endeavors.org.

According to a news release from Gov. Roy Cooper's office, a draft-action plan is expected to be completed by next month. After a 30-day comment period, HUD will review the action plan before funds can be spent. 

So far, North Carolina has spent $3.3 billion in total state and federal funding to help residents recover from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.

Housing solutions are tailored to individual needs and based on how quickly repairs can be made. Options such as Transitional Sheltering Assistance, rental assistance and others exist for those who may not qualify for federal assistance.

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