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Grants available for repairs to homes in ENC damaged by Hurricane Ian in 2022

Debris from the damage left by Hurricane Ian is seen in a mobile home park in Fort Myers, Fla. on Oct. 27, 2022.
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File: Debris from the damage left by Hurricane Ian is seen in a mobile home park in Fort Myers, Fla. on Oct. 27, 2022.

Grants are now available to help those in eastern North Carolina with homes damaged by Hurricane Ian in 2022.

The United States Department of Agriculture North Carolina State Director Reginald Speight said people living in all counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina are eligible for funding under the Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program.

People can apply for grants of up to $40,675 from USDA to repair their homes, but Speight said they must have household incomes and homes in rural areas.

The money can be used to pay for home repair expenses that were a result of a Presidentially declared disaster in the calendar year 2022; prepare a site for a manufactured home; or relocate a manufactured home.

For more information about how to apply, visit www.rd.usda.gov/nc.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.