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Hurricane Matthew recovery aid applications due May 31

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Eligible North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew have until May 31 to apply with ReBuild NC for help with repairs or rebuilding. The help comes from single-family housing recovery programs available through the state’s Hurricane Matthew Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding.

To date, North Carolina has awarded more than $11.4 million in CDBG-DR funds to 327 households to repair or reconstruct homes damaged by the storm, with hundreds more applications for assistance currently being processed. Overall, North Carolina has put more than $904 million in Hurricane Matthew recovery funds on the ground.

Help through the ReBuild NC program is currently available for people whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew or Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Homeowners who suffered damage solely during Hurricane Florence will be able to apply for similar help in the future. North Carolina is awaiting notification from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department on the availability of CDBG-DR funding for homes affected only by Hurricane Florence.

Homeowners with damage from Hurricane Matthew must file an application by the May 31 deadline to be considered for funding through the CDBG-DR single-family housing programs. Affected homeowners may be eligible for funds for home repairs, reimbursement for work completed or reconstruction of substantially damaged homes, among other recovery activities.

Homeowners who wish to apply can call 211 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to schedule an appointment at an application center in Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Pender, Robeson or Wayne counties. A complete list of centers, including hours of operation and addresses, is available online at https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/application-centers.

Homeowners who have no way to travel to an application center can call 211 to request assistance. All homeowners affected by Hurricane Matthew are strongly encouraged to apply for assistance, regardless of where they are in the recovery process or if they’ve completed repairs. Information on the CDBG-DR homeowner buyout program, as well as the small rental assistance and multi-family rental assistance programs, will be announced soon.

ReBuild NC is administered by the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency. The program manages the state’s CDBG-DR funding for home repairs, reimbursement for work completed and other housing-related issues due to hurricane damage. For more information, visit www.rebuild.nc.gov.