Disaster Recovery

In the span of about two years, North Carolina has been hit by two 500-year storms, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018. Both state and federal funding will be part of the programs helping North Carolina communities rebuild in a smart, comprehensive way. 

Recovery-State/Rural Grants

Recovery-State/Rural Grants

The N.C. General Assembly has provided funds to the Golden LEAF Foundation and the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division to provide grants to local governments for repair, replacement or construction of new infrastructure (including water, sewer, sidewalks and storm drainage) and other, similar projects that provide assistance for recovery from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence. 

Recovery-Federal/CDBG-DR

Recovery-Federal/CDBG-DR

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. In response to Presidentially declared disasters, Congress may appropriate additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process. Since CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, HUD can help communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.

Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants

Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an $18.5 million Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant to help with Hurricane Florence response in late September 2018. The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions requested the grant.

The counties eligible for this type of assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are:

Alamance, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Duplin, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Madison, McDowell, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Tyrell, Union, Wayne, Wilson and Yancey.

 

Through the federal grant, residents of eligible counties will work in jobs that support either clean-up and recovery from the storm’s devastation or humanitarian assistance to residents of affected areas. Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Dislocated Worker Grants fund temporary jobs in response to large, unexpected events that cause significant job losses.

Nonprofits and government agencies will employ participants for up to 12 months. Worksites must generally be on public property or land owned by not-for-profit agencies.

Workers may be eligible for jobs under the grant if they’ve been temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the hurricane, or if they meet certain other criteria.

To apply for the Hurricane Florence temporary employment program, residents should visit their local NCWorks Career Center, which can be found by visiting www.ncworks.gov.