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$198 million grant for Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina

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Staff Writer | January 26, 2017
Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has received more than $198 million to help families and communities recover from Hurricane Matthew.
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Natural disaster   Housing and infrastructure needs
Nearly $159 million of the grant funds are specifically earmarked for Robeson, Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties, which were among the state’s hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Matthew.

“These counties suffered some of the worst flooding in North Carolina’s history and they need our help to recover and rebuild,” Cooper said.

“Our top priorities are making sure people have safe housing and access to essential services, and this grant will help meet those needs.”

The remaining approximately $39 million will go to address disaster recovery in the other 46 disaster-declared counties in North Carolina.

The funds are Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD awarded the grants based on North Carolina’s unmet housing and infrastructure needs, which considers the cost to repair seriously damaged properties and infrastructure in the most-impacted counties.