On October 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina and caused widespread flooding in the central part of the state, displacing thousands of people from their homes and apartments and leaving many temporarily unemployed. If you or someone you know was impacted by the storm, following is a list of resources to assist you while you get back on your feet.
FEMA Assistance: Consult FEMA’s Hurricane Matthew page to learn how you can apply for assistance and what to expect after you apply, where to locate Disaster Recovery Centers near you, how to make donations, and the latest news on recovery efforts and resources. Also, see North Carolina Survivors Have Four Ways to Register for Help from FEMA for more information.
Housing Locators: NCHousingSearch.org helps people locate available, affordable rental housing. This free service can be accessed online 24 hours a day and through a toll-free, bilingual call center, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., at 1-877-428-8844.
Mortgage Payment Assistance: If you are temporarily unemployed as a result of Hurricane Matthew, you may be eligible for mortgage payment help from the NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund, (1-888-877-4712, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). This includes self-employed individuals.
Unemployment Help: Disaster employment assistance is available to individuals who are unemployed as a result of the storm. People affected by the disaster who cannot continue working, including business owners, must apply for assistance by November 14, 2016. Contact the Division of Employment Security at 1-866-795-8877 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Non-housing Services and Referrals: United Way 2-1-1 provides referrals to health and human services assistance statewide and offers a Hurricane Matthew Relief and Resource Guide. Visit the website or call 2-1-1.
Lost Document Replacement: North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety has provided a list of resources for people who may have lost important documents in the floods.