Transitional Sheltering Assistance Ends Soon
Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA), which pays for hotel or motel rooms as short-term, emergency sheltering for eligible Hurricane Florence survivors ends Tuesday, March 12.
To date 871 households have sheltered in TSA participating hotels, 646 have found suitable, longer-term housing and moved on with their recovery. As of Feb. 24, 225 households remain checked in to hotels.
TSA is a sheltering option to help fill a gap until survivors identify housing solutions. The cost of the program to date is more than $5.4 million with FEMA paying 75 percent and the State of North Carolina covering the remaining 25 percent.
Survivors in TSA are strongly encouraged to maintain contact with Disaster Case Management, the state, voluntary agencies, local organizations, long-term recovery groups and other partners to find suitable housing before March 12.
FEMA, the state and their partners have helped people living in TSA hotels create their own housing plan, suggested housing resources, and notified survivors of their check out date. For more information, they should contact their case advisor or call the FEMA helpline at 800-6213362. The state has contracted with experienced case managers who will work in conjunction with faith-based and volunteer organizations to help meet survivors’ unmet needs. To contact the Disaster Case Management service provider, please email: DCMNC@Endeavors.org or call one of the two offices depending on where you live. Residents of Craven County should call the Jacksonville office at (910) 378-4913.
Public Notice: FEMA & NC Emergency Management consider City of New Bern application for five properties to receive Hazard Mitigation Grant.
Location of Proposed Work: Bloomfield Street, Alabama Avenue, Beech Street, Hazel Avenue & Nursery Road. This will be a voluntary acquisition program. The properties will be acquired using HMGP grant funds and demolished using PA funds. Once demolished, the properties will be deeded as open space. Click here to read the entire public notice.
Disaster Case Management Program Approved for Florence Survivors
North Carolina residents whose lives were upended by Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get a case manager to help them with their recovery. FEMA approved the State of North Carolina’s request for the Disaster Case Management program for use in the counties affected by the flooding that followed Hurricane Florence. The grant provides disaster case management services for up to 24 months.
Disaster Case Management is fully funded by FEMA, managed by North Carolina Emergency Management and implemented by Endeavors for the first six months. The program involves a partnership between a case manager and a disaster survivor to develop and carry out the survivor’s long-term recovery plan. Long-term unmet needs may include financial, physical, emotional or spiritual well-being, as well as referrals for materials and/or manpower to provide support to survivors in their recovery. The case manager helps households return to a state of independence. Individuals who may have suffered losses not covered by state or local government programs may benefit from the case management services.
The state has contracted with experienced case managers who will work in conjunction with faith-based and volunteer organizations to help meet survivors’ unmet needs. To contact the Disaster Case Management service provider, please email: DCMNC@Endeavors.org or call one of the two offices depending on where you live.
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.
New Bern's local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has now closed. Apply online or call for disaster aid.
If you have unmet disaster-related needs, you may call the statewide referral service at 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 (TTY),
or text Florence to 898211.
Disaster Tax Relief
Survivors of Hurricane Florence may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers may be eligible for deadline extensions to file returns or pay taxes, and may be able to claim qualified disaster losses. The IRS may waive fees and expedite requests from survivors. To download forms and publications, go to irs.gov or call 800-829-3676. For general tax questions, call 800-829-1040.
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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD has activated the Disaster Assistance Hotline for North Carolinians living in HUD-assisted housing who were affected by Hurricane Florence. Call 800-304-9320 to learn about resources. Survivors can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact HUD.
Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers
Farmers and ranchers are also eligible to apply for disaster assistance for damage or losses from Florence. Along with FEMA grants and SBA loans, farmers and ranchers are eligible for emergency loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Eligible losses covered by emergency loans and other programs may include crops and livestock. For more information go online to fsa.usda.gov or visit the nearest FSA office.
To visit the Small Business Administration resource page, click here.
For City of New Bern hurricane recovery information, click here.