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Monday, May 27, 2024

Financial aid still available to homeowners with Hurricane Florence damage

Flooded water from the Waccamaw River makes its way through southern Brunswick County. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Flooded water from the Waccamaw River makes its way through southern Brunswick County. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– North Carolinians whose homes were affected by Hurricane Florence three years ago may still be eligible for financial assistance to fix any damages.

The state Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Economic Opportunity is offering aid to homeowners who need repairs due to the September 2018 storm. Residents are eligible in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and 24 other counties.

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“As we enter another hurricane season, it is vital we get these funds into the hands of those who need it most,” Marionna Poke-Stewart, director of the NCDHHS Office of Economic Opportunity, said in a press release. “We encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible for help with repairs due to Hurricane Florence to call our office.”

To qualify, the home income must be at or less than 200% of the federal poverty level, meaning a family of four’s must live on $53,000 or less. Starting Oct. 1, the eligibility requirements will change to at or below 125% of the federal poverty level, which is $33,125 for a family of four.

Additionally, repairs can’t already be paid for by FEMA or covered under contract by insurance. Residents with homeowner’s insurance could seek reimbursement of their deductible, the release stated.

Potential applicants can contact the NCDHHS Office of Economic Opportunity at 919-527-7256. Homeowners must be able to attest the damage stems from the impacts of the hurricane. The line will also assist Spanish speakers.

Other counties whose low-income residents may qualify include Anson, Beaufort, Bladen, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland and Wayne.

Southeastern Community & Family Services, the region’s community action agency, will distribute the assistance in the Cape Fear area.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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