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More Hurricane Matthew assistance centers open

Three new Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Centers opened June 28 to help hurricane survivors in Hyde, Tyrrell and 20 other counties whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm.

The newest ReBuild NC Application Centers are located in Windsor, Fair Bluff and Kinston and will join four existing centers in Fayetteville, Tarboro, Lumberton and Goldsboro to help people apply for financial help to repair or rebuild their homes.

“While hundreds of North Carolinians have gotten help recovering from Hurricane Matthew, we believe there are others who have yet to apply for help,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “I urge survivors with homes damaged by Matthew to reach out for help today by calling 2-1-1. Even if you’ve already repaired your home, you may be able to get money back.”

The first step in the process is calling 211 to set up an appointment at an application center.

Homeowners can apply for single-family home repair or reconstruction, reimbursement for housing repairs already made, or home buyout.

Mobile homeowners can apply for repair programs or replacement.

Landlords with eight or fewer units can apply for small rental program assistance.

Renters can apply for temporary rental assistance.

People who have already applied for the CDBG-Disaster Recovery program do not need to reapply, although they may check on the status of their application by calling 2-1-1. People who have been accepted into the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) do not need to reapply.

The following counties are eligible: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Tyrrell, Wayne and Wilson.

Hurricane Matthew caused an estimated $4.8 billion in damage to North Carolina, damaging nearly 100,000 homes October 8-9, 2016.  So far, more than $650 million has been spent on Hurricane Matthew recovery.