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State On Pace with Recovery Fund Spending

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some challenges with daily management operations, the state Office of Recovery and Resiliency, or NCORR, officials said in a release Monday that it is on schedule to deliver Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery funds to hurricane-impacted areas.

“Despite the challenges of a pandemic, rebuilding and recovering from two hurricanes occurring within 23 months of each other is vital for North Carolina,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “The experienced team we’ve assembled will continue to streamline the delivery of recovery dollars to the people who need it most.”

NCORR has been on pace since September 2019 with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, for spending the funds awarded to North Carolina for Hurricane Matthew.

The office has committed as of July 10 a total of $184.1 million to homeowners, small businesses, local governments and the N.C. Housing Finance Agency in areas impacted by the storm. Through the ReBuild NC program, the office currently has 252 homes under construction with an additional 381 homes already completed.

North Carolina was the first of the 2018 disaster grant recipients to receive HUD approval for an action plan to allow the office to move forward with using Hurricane Florence funds to help the state recover.

NCORR opened June 15 a new application period for homeowners who need assistance with home repairs due to damage from Hurricanes Florence and Matthew through its Homeowner Recovery Program. Using the $542 million in funds awarded for Hurricane Florence recovery, the program will help homeowners repair, reconstruct or elevate homes damaged by either storm.

Cooper established NCORR following Hurricane Florence to streamline disaster recovery programs statewide and help communities rebuild smarter and stronger. The office is part of the Department of Public Safety and administers programs that support disaster recovery and resiliency.

North Carolina has spent more than $3.5 billion in state and federal funding to date for hurricanes Matthew and Florence recovery.

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