Over $1.4 Billion in Assistance Has Been Awarded to North Carolina
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced that North Carolina has been awarded an additional $189 million to go towards Hurricane Matthew recovery. These funds were secured by the North Carolina delegation in the Senate budget agreement passed in February. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that North Carolina would receive $168 million in disaster mitigation grants and the Department of Transportation announced North Carolina would receive $21 million in disaster assistance.
In total, North Carolina has been awarded over $1.4 billion in federal funds through Congressional appropriations and grants.
“Hurricane Matthew caused billions of dollars in damages and forced many families across Eastern North Carolina from their homes. I have worked with Senator Burr and the state’s Congressional delegation on a bipartisan basis to ensure North Carolina receives the federal assistance it needs for ongoing recovery efforts,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “I want to thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation for allocating nearly $190 million in additional funds, which will go a long way in helping our local communities recover and ensure North Carolina’s families are not forgotten.”
“Today’s announcements from both these agencies are another step forward to getting North Carolinians back on their feet after the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Our congressional delegation came together to urge Washington to meet its responsibility to our citizens and I’m pleased with what we accomplished.”
These funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Relief Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure most affected from Hurricane Matthew.
CDBG-DR grants support a variety of disaster recovery activities including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Grantees are required to spend the majority of these recovery funds in the “most impacted” areas as identified by HUD. HUD will issue administrative guidelines shortly for use of the funds to address grantees’ long-term recovery needs, particularly in the area of housing recovery.