Many are overwhelmed by the difficult financial realities that Florence left in its wake: costly home repairs, displacement from an existing home and the inability to find affordable temporary housing, or the loss of hours at work because of the storm. Financial stressors can feel like a storm themselves. Here are 5 resources that can help you get back on your feet.
1. Food Assistance
Disaster Food Stamps provide assistance to households that don’t already receive food stamp benefits, and who lost food, or the ability to purchase food because of Hurricane Florence. Apply beginning Friday, September 28. Learn more here.
2. Rent or Mortgage Assistance
The NC REALTORS®Housing Foundation has announced a grant program for those impacted byHurricane Florence. Eligible applicants can qualify for a grant covering one month’s rent or mortgage payment up to $1,500. View the application here.
3. Cleanup or Home RepairAssistance
Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian organization, helps mobilize local volunteers and equipment to assist with clearing debris, cleanup efforts, or home repairs. If you are a homeowner in need of assistance, call 910-284-9713. Also, the Help Hub of Wilmington—part of the Harrelson Center-- provides short-term or emergency assistance to individuals and families in need of financial help and/or assistance connecting to resources. To inquire about assistance, contact Sonja McFarland, Help HubDirector, at 910-269-5357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Lost or Interrupted EmploymentAssistance
Disaster UnemploymentAssistance (DUA) has been approved for Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Johnston, Pender, Sampson, and WayneCounties. DUA is a federal program that provides temporary payments to people in a federally declared disaster area whose employment or income has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster. Click here to learn more and see if you qualify.
5. Small Business Recovery Assistance
If you’re a business owner, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in New Hanover County. Businesses can visit the Wilmington BRC to meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover. Learn more here.
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