NC extends STEP program to repair more homes damaged by Hurricane Florence

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RALEIGH, NC (WBTW) – North Carolina is extending the step program to repair more homes damaged by Hurricane Florence.

According to a press release from the Office Of The Governor Roy Cooper, more than 200 families will be able to return home thanks to partial, temporary repairs.

The original step program ended in early April, but, using state funds, North Carolina was able to extend that help to 202 more families in 12 counties, including Brunswick, Columbus, and Robeson Counties.

“Hurricane Florence survivors who still face long-term housing issues are urged to participate in the Disaster Case Management program,” said the release. “The state has contracted with experienced case managers who will work in conjunction with faith-based and volunteer organizations to help meet survivors’ needs.”

Survivors can email or call one of two regional offices listed below to connect with a disaster case manager:

  • Residents of Anson, Bladen, Brunswick, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Durham, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Orange, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland and Union counties should call the Fayetteville office at 910-672-6175
  • Residents of Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson counties should call the Jacksonville office at 910-378-4913

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is also helping hurricane survivors with housing solutions through the Back@Home NC program.

“The initiative assists families who were not eligible for FEMA assistance to transition to safe and stable housing,” the release said. “To date, more than 200 families have moved to permanent housing through the program.”

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program also helps eligible homeowners and local governments to rebuild, elevate or buy out flooded properties, the release added.

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