Audit shows thousands still waiting for home repair or rebuild after Hurricanes Matthew and Florence
A new federal audit shows recent hurricane victims in North Carolina have been impacted by a slow state response and thousands remain homeless while they wait for their homes to be repaired or rebuilt.
ReBuild NC is the state-run program that uses federal money to rebuild low-income communities impacted by storms, and the audit identified how North Carolina spent millions in disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
North Carolina was later awarded an additional federal disaster recovery grant for Hurricane Florence.
The audit showed that out of the nearly 4,200 applicants that applied for relief since both storms, only 789 applicants have had their homes completely rebuilt or repaired.
The audit determined that the state had the capacity to administer the grant money but it failed to follow proper requirements and procedures.
See the full audit here: https://www.hudoig.gov/sites/default/files/2022-09/2022-AT-1002.pdf