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Posted on: June 16, 2020

State opens homeowner application period for ReBuild NC storm recovery program

Governor Roy Cooper has announced the opening of a new application period for homeowners who need assistance with home repairs due to damage from Hurricanes Florence and/or Matthew. ReBuild NC, a program of the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR), established the Homeowner Recovery Program to help homeowners repair, reconstruct or elevate homes damaged by the storms. The program is part of a comprehensive plan to distribute federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CBDG-DR) funds within North Carolina’s hardest hit communities. 

Homeowners may be eligible for assistance if they owned and occupied a home during the time of these disasters. If homeowners have received assistance from other sources, they may still be eligible for help through the Homeowner Recovery Program. In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, ReBuild NC has developed an online application and redesigned its website to include additional resources for homeowners. People interested in applying to the program should visit ReBuild.NC.Gov. More information is also available by calling 833-ASK-RBNC.

What is the Homeowner Recovery Program? 

The Homeowner Recovery Program provides assistance to repair, reconstruct or elevate homes that were damaged by Hurricane Florence or Matthew, or both. 

Who is eligible for the program? 

To be eligible for the Homeowner Recovery Program, homeowners must: 

  • Own a home that was damaged by Hurricane Florence or Matthew, or both.
  • Have occupied the home as their primary residence at the time of the storm and continue to own it through project completion. 
  • Be lawfully present in the United States, have legal authority to enter into a funding award and be willing to give program staff, inspectors and contractors access to the damaged property.
  • Have a household income that is less than 150% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Homeowners may be ineligible if their household income is greater than 150% of the AMI. For example, a family of four in Cumberland County with an annual household income of $87,150 would be at 150% of the AMI. However, ReBuild NC encourages any applicants to apply who believe they may be eligible. 
  • Those who have already applied to ReBuild NC do not need to reapply.

Can homeowners apply for the program if they have received funding from a different grant program? 

Yes. Homeowners can participate if they have received funds from other sources, but must include that information in their application. 

How do homeowners apply? 

Homeowners should visit rebuild.nc.gov/HRP to learn more about the program and apply online. 

Are ReBuild NC Centers open? 

ReBuild NC Centers are currently closed to comply with COVID-19 guidelines issued by Governor Roy Cooper and the state Department of Health and Human Services. ReBuild NC continues to monitor North Carolina public health information and guidelines for easing restrictions. Homeowners with questions should call 833-ASK-RBNC. 

Who can homeowners contact for more information?

Applicants and other storm survivors with questions may call 833-ASK-RBNC or email Ask-RBNC@rebuild.nc.gov for assistance.


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