FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2021
STATE FUNDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOMES DAMAGED BY TROPICAL STORM FRED
The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has opened a public website for homeowners to apply for grants or help with home repairs needed as a result of Tropical Storm Fred damage. These grants and repair funds are funded from $44 million in state funds that are separate from federal FEMA grants and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs.
If you received limited help from FEMA or your insurance company, you may still be eligible for state grants and assistance.
We can help if you live in one of the following counties: Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, Transylvania, Watauga, or Yancey.
Starting January 10, we will also open a Public Intake Center at the Haywood County Historic Courthouse, where you can come in person and learn more about our recovery program. The courthouse is located at:
3rd Floor Haywood County Historic Courthouse
(from the front entrance, the office is one floor up, on the same floor as the historic courtroom, where the Commissioners meet)
215 N Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786
The Tropical Storm Fred Residential Recovery Program (RRP) may provide assistance to:
- Repair, elevate, reconstruct or replace homes destroyed or damaged by TS Fred (August 2021);
- Reimburse homeowners for eligible completed repairs;
- To assist landlords in repairing rental units; or
- Help repair or replacement of private roads or bridges damaged/destroyed by TS Fred.
Home acquisitions or buyouts are not approved under the RRP program.
If you are considering property acquisition (buyout) please consider applying for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Applications can be downloaded online at: www.RecoverHaywood.com For questions about this program, call the Haywood County Hotline at 828-356-2022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeowners are encouraged to apply to all available programs that may help.
You may be able to participate even if you received funds from other sources including FEMA, SBA loans, private bank loans, or credit cards to repair your home, driveway, or bridge.
Because of limited funding, we are initially limiting eligibility to households whose annual income is at or below $94,100 a year (see website for more income limitation details).
After you apply online or contact OSBM, the OSBM team will call you back to learn more about your property repair needs. They will also schedule a site visit of your damaged home or property. Your case information will then be reviewed for a final grant award determination.
To find out more please visit the following website: