NC officials award $2 million in grants for Florence recovery

North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (WNCT) – State officials announced on Friday they have awarded a total of $2 million in grants to six non-profit groups helping people rebuild or repair their homes from damaged caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018.

The NC Emergency Management Agency, a division of the NC Dept. of Public Safety, said it is awarding the grants using funds provided by the General Assembly in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Act.

The grants will go to these groups in the following amounts:

  • North Carolina Baptists on Mission $500,000
  • Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry $400,000
  • United Way of Coastal Carolina                $400,000
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc.                $350,000
  • Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders Inc.      $182,000
  • Rebuilding Together of the Triangle         $168,000

Voluntary agencies that provide shelter, housing repairs and other emergency and disaster recovery services were eligible to apply for grant awards of up to $500,000.

Legal aid is one of the agencies receiving part of the state-wide grant.

The group is hoping the use those funds to make it easier for people to get legal help.

“The last thing people want when they’re overwhelmed is a phone number without a face, and that’s one thing this grant is going to help them with. We can continue to be in those communities,” said Lesley Albritton of Legal Aid.

United Way of Coastal Carolina is looking to buy more building materials among other things to try and get people back in their homes.

“There are still homes that haven’t been what’s called mucked out. By having the money to purchase materials for volunteer groups then you don’t have as much expense,” said Sandra Phelps, United Way of Coastal Carolina.

Phelps tells WNCT the biggest thing to keep in mind is that this is a long-term recovery process.

“Sometimes when you look at the big picture it’s very overwhelming, but I think sometimes you have to just look at one house, one board, one nail until you get it done,” said Phelps.

The applications were reviewed and scored by a multidisciplinary team using scoring criteria that were made available at the time of application. 

These latest grants add to the $1.9 billion in state and federal funds already on the ground for Hurricane Florence relief in North Carolina.

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