Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew should apply
for help through application centers, state emergency management
officials urged on Tuesday.
With more than $650 million already spent on
Hurricane Matthew recovery – and more help on the way – North
Carolinians whose homes were damaged by the storm are encouraged to
complete applications as soon as possible for help through the
Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CBDG-DR) program.
“Rebuilding after a disaster is a long-term
process and we know help can never come fast enough for those in need,”
State Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said. “There are
many North Carolinians out there who still need help rebuilding their
homes and we are urging them to apply for this help today.”
ReBuild NC Housing Application Centers are
currently open in Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties,
which are four communities hit particularly hard by the storm.
Applicants in any of the 22 counties designated for CBDG-DR funding,
which includes Dare and Hyde Counties, can call 2-1-1 to schedule an
appointment at one of the centers to begin the application process.
More information about the program and the process to apply is
available at the website http://www.rebuild.nc.gov/apply.
Four additional application centers will open in
the coming weeks in Bertie, Columbus, Lenoir and Pender counties.
Opening dates and exact locations are being finalized and will be
Per the North Carolina Department of Public
Safety, CDBG-DR funds are available to assist qualified low- and
moderate-income families and individuals with Hurricane Matthew housing
recovery. Applications for the funds go through a detailed
process requiring multiple checks for eligibility, duplication of
benefit, environmental reviews, and more. Staff are working with
applicants to complete the paperwork as quickly as possible. This is
the largest CDBG-DR program ever operated by North Carolina.
A North Carolina selection committee has chosen a
contractor, IEM, to assist in the administration of the 8-step process
needed to complete the CDBG-DR program. Congress last year earmarked
approximately $237 million in CDBG-DR funds for North Carolina, and
earlier this year announced an additional $168 million for the program
that will become available once HUD publishes the notice in the Federal
CDBG-DR funding is one of several programs
helping North Carolinians rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. So
far, more than $650 million has been spent on Hurricane Matthew
• $98.9 million to help individuals repair homes and replace belongings immediately following the storm
• $102.5 million in loans to help homeowners and business owners
• $195.9 million for flood insurance payouts
• $6.7 million for disaster case management and crisis counseling
• $141.9 million to repair critical public infrastructure
• $85.9 million in state funds for homeowner, small business and infrastructure recovery
• $ 21.9 million in hazard mitigation grant program funds(HMGP) to get 151 families in more resilient homes
State emergency management officials anticipate
approximately $115 million total in HMGP grants will be awarded to help
Matthew survivors get into more flood-resistant homes. They hope to
have all of the mitigation grants awarded by early August.