Hurricane Florence Disaster Housing Recovery Updates – Friday, October 5, 2018

North Carolina

FEMA

  • FEMA reports that more than 22,000 North Carolina homeowners and renters have received housing assistance of some kind, and 14,000 have received financial rental assistance. FEMA has completed almost 72,000 home inspections as part of the process to determine if an applicant is eligible for assistance. FEMA also provided a specific break-down of recovery efforts in Pender County.
  • A new State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opened in Lenoir County.

State Government

  • Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed two bills providing relief after Hurricane Florence. The legislation provides flexibility for schools, protects voter access, and allocates $56.5 million for initial relief and recovery efforts. 
  • The North Carolina Office of the Governor is encouraging renters who face eviction or have been evicted to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA. Staff at recovery centers can help displaced renters find housing solutions.

Local Perspectives & Resources

  • The NC Realtors Housing Foundation will provide $550,000 for housing assistance grants to cover one month’s rent or mortgage payment (up to $1,500). Applications can be found here.
  • Hurricane Florence has exposed some of North Carolina’s economic and racial divides. Many of the places impacted by the storm are home to some of the poorest communities in the state as well as sizeable Latinx and Native American communities. An op-ed from the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center advocates for equitable disaster recovery.

South Carolina

FEMA

  • Three more State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, located in Marion, Marlboro, and Georgetown counties, opened this week.

Read previous Disaster Housing Recovery updates at http://nlihc.org/issues/disaster

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