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Grants Available for Residents with Property Damaged by Hurricane Matthew

A public meeting will be held Tuesday, September 5 at 6 p.m. in the Harnett County Commons Area for Harnett County residents who own homes which were damaged during Hurricane Matthew, and who still have unfunded repair issues to their homes. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management will make grant funding available for the purpose of housing recovery efforts.

Grants will be awarded through a competitive process with priority going to proposals that rehabilitate damaged properties primarily occupied by low and moderate-income households. Funding may also be used for housing reconstruction, housing elevation, small rental rehabilitation, construction of new housing units, and infrastructure projects that support the housing activity. This grant program is not for reimbursement for lost food from power loss or any other lost personal property.

  • Funding requests must be as a result of damages sustained from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. No previous damage or preexisting issues are eligible for funding.
  • Owner properties designated as real property whether stick built, manufactured after 1978 or modular housing may be rehabilitated in this program. No funding is available for properties constructed prior to 1978.

All projects must benefit households with incomes that are below 80 percent of the median income for the jurisdiction (see chart below). The Commons Area is located in the Harnett County Government Complex in Lillington between the Health Department and Department of Social Services.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY MUST BE EQUAL TO OR BELOW THE FIGURE LISTED FOR NUMBER OF PERSONS IN FAMILY OCCUPYING THE HOME

Persons in Family – Income

1 – $29,350

2 – $33,550

3 – $37,750

4 – $41,900

5 – $45,300

6 – $48,650

7 – $52,000

8 – $55,350

Authorized projects under this grant include:

  1. Single-Family Homeowner Rehabilitation

DRA 17 funds may be used for assisting low and moderate income households with documented unmet needs as a result of the October 2016 flood. Program costs are limited to up to $50,000 per structure with damages totaling less than 75 percent of pre-disaster value.

  1. Single-Family Homeowner Housing Reconstruction

DRA 17 funds may be used for reconstructing a home on the existing lot for low and moderate income households. Up to $50,000 per structure to rebuild homes with damages totaling less than 75 percent of pre-disaster value.

  1. Mobile Home Repair

DRA 17 funds may be used to repair mobile home units not exceeding $15,000 per applicant for homes with damages not totaling less than 51 percent of pre-disaster value. Manufactured homes must have been converted into real property (according to G.S. 105-273 paragraph 13) that is owned and occupied by the homeowner prior to selection.

  1. Rental Property Rehabilitation

DRA 17 funds may be used for assisting low and moderate income Small Rental Properties with documented unmet needs as a result of the October 2016 flood. Small Rental Properties may be single-family, duplexes, triplexes or multi-family units containing less than 10 units. Rehab costs are limited to $30,000 per structure. Owner must commit to rental rates that serve low/moderate families earning up to 80 precent of the median income for a 5-year period.

  1. Housing Repair Reimbursement

DRA 17 funds may be used to reimburse eligible expenses up to $25,000 for out of pocket expenses to clean and repair homes following the disaster. All costs must be verified through receipts and other documents.

  1. Temporary Rental Assistance

Program funds may be used to cover up to $10,000 per applicant to households that have been unable to reenter their homes due to unrepaired damages or the need for replacement. If the work to be done on the home will displace the homeowner, the TRA funds will be utilized to provide temporary relocation.

  1. Flood Insurance Assistance

Up to $2,000 per household may be used for a maximum of two years for low and moderate income homeowners located in a 100-year flood plain.

  1. Infrastructure Improvements

Installation of public infrastructure that supports housing activities may include water and sewer connections to connect or hook up to existing public water and/or sewer lines. Other infrastructure improvements may include drainage improvements, and curb and gutter installation.