Governor Cooper visits home rebuilt by the STEP program

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Governor Roy Cooper visited the east for a firsthand look at hurricane recovery process. 

The trip included stops at James W. Smith Elementary School in Craven County and a home receiving repairs through the STEP program in Jones County. 

The STEP program, a joint venture between FEMA and the state, provides partial repairs at no cost to homeowners.

It allows them to remain in their homes as long-term repairs continue. 

The house located in Trenton belongs to Lindora Toudle.

The home is being repaired by volunteers from the Virginia Baptist Disaster Response. 

So far, 3,000 households qualify for the program according to Cooper.

But he said the state must meet the federal deadline for more funding. 

“We have over 200 crews working as hard as we can,” said Cooper. We want to get to the point where we’re finishing 100 households a day to try to meet that deadline.”

Toudle said the repairs have been long-time coming. 

“The lady here on the corner has a STEP crew and ‘hey pretty soon I’m going to have neighbors,” said Toudle. So it’s just elated.”

The governor said state funds can be used to repair homes in counties not eligible for the STEP program. 

The federal deadline for more funding is in a few weeks. 

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