The Rural Center is keeping our friends, neighbors and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Matthew continues to impact communities across central and eastern North Carolina. We've compiled a few of the many resources available to assist communities, small businesses and farmers. If you would like to help, please consider making a contribution to the North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund: http://www.nccommunityfoundation.org/new-newsworthy/help-after-matthew-give-to-the-nccf-disaster-relief-fund.
HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs give the State and communities the flexibility to redirect millions of dollars in annual formula funding to address critical needs, including housing and services for disaster victims. HUD is currently contacting State and local officials to explore streamlining the Department's CDBG and HOME programs in order to expedite the repair and replacement of damaged housing. For more information vist, https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg-dr/.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has the following resources, relief and program adaptations available for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Information on housing providers and HUD programs – The Department will share information with FEMA and the State on housing providers that may have available units in the impacted counties. This includes Public Housing Agencies and Multi-Family owners. The Department will also connect FEMA and the State to subject matter experts to provide information on HUD programs and providers. For more information and resources visit, http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/info/disasterresources.
The North Carolina Bar Association is partnering with the American Bar Association, FEMA and Legal Aid of North Carolina to operate a Disaster Legal Services Hotline for those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call 1-800-662-7407, and individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with North Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free, limited legal help. For more information, visit
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is hosting an online disaster portal with a host of information and fact-sheets about food safety, returning home after a flood, and agricultural recovery information for our farmers. For more information, visit ncdisaster.org.
NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security is offering information on,The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program that provides temporary weekly monetary assistance to individuals in specified areas whose employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a presidential declared major disaster. For more information or to find out if you are eligible, click here.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is posting storm-related information online at http://www.ncdps.gov/hurricane-matthew-2016. Visit this site for information about road conditions, shelters, food assistance and other storm recovery help.
If you or someone you know has been displaced by Hurricane Matthew, NC Housing Search helps people locate available, affordable rental housing. This free service can be accessed online 24 hours a day and through a toll-free, bilingual call center, - , , at1-877-428-8844 or visit NCHousingSearch.org.
As Eastern North Carolina works to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers is compiling information and resources related to the philanthropic response in the state. Visit here http://ncgrantmakers/site-ym/com/page/HurricaneMatthew to learn more about their activity and for additional links to resources.
Seventeen federal agencies have partnered to form an online portal to help users access and apply for disaster assisted jointly through federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. For more information,visit: www.disasterassistance.gov.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a host of programs for to help farmers and livestock producers recover from heavy rains, flooding and other qualifying events related to Hurricane Matthew. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/ or contact your local FSA Office by visiting http://offices.usda.gov.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced a disaster declaration for North Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew. The SBA offers disaster loans for small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For more information, visit:https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
VOAD, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, organized in 1998, is the forum where volunteer organizations can share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities. Click here https://www.ncvoad.org/cms/
The Rural Center hosted the SBA Disaster Response team for training on October 13th and 14th, 2016 before they mobilized to disaster response centers across the state.