Hurricane Matthew survivors whose homes were damaged by the storm can apply for additional financial help starting Nov. 30th!
The help with housing repairs, homeowner reimbursement, rental assistance and other housing-related needs is made possible by approximately $23.5 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR), awarded to Edgecombe County. The Edgecombe County Application Center will open beginning November 30.
Homeowners can apply for the following types of assistance: single-family homeowner repair, single family homeowner reconstruction, reimbursement for housing repair and homeowner buyout. Mobile homeowners are eligible to apply for programs that will repair or replace impacted homes.
Landlords with eight or fewer units can apply for assistance in the small rental program, while storm impacted renters are eligible to apply for temporary rental assistance. The state is also offering a homeowner assistance program and a multi-family rental assistance program. Program description details are available online at www.rebuild.nc.gov/apply.
How to Apply for Help
Scheduling an appointment to complete an application is the first step in the process. Application specialists will then meet in person with disaster survivors to guide them through the full application. State officials recommend that applicants expect to spend two hours completing their application during the appointment.
Starting Tuesday, November 21, storm survivors can call (252) 665-8008 to make an appointment. Starting, November 30, the intake center will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, except for holidays.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
Applicants will need to bring as many of the following required documents with them as possible: photo identification, proof of legal residency, proof they lived in the damaged residence at the time of Hurricane Matthew any before and after pictures of the property (if available), a copy of a tax return or last three pay stubs for all adults who live in the home, copies of insurance payments received for the damaged property, copies of all other disaster assistance received (FEMA, SBA, charity), and receipts and photos for any repairs already completed prior to application. Homeowners will also need to provide proof of ownership. Renters will also need to provide copy of their lease. For a checklist of all documents to bring, go to www.rebuild.nc.gov/apply.
How Applications Are Reviewed
The application process is the first step in applying to receive housing recovery assistance. After coming into our center, each applicant will provide information to assist in the housing programs process. Once all the required information and documents are provided, each person’s file will be reviewed for eligibility. At each step of the process, applicants will have an opportunity to learn the status of their application. Timing of results will depend on factors including how soon people submit an application and how much of the required information they are able to provide. The most important initial step is to make an appointment to begin the process.
For additional information on this and other recovery programs , visit our Hurricane Matthew page.