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29,000 Receive FEMA Housing Assistance Following Florence

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So far, FEMA has provided more than $100 million dollars in housing assistance to individuals in Eastern North Carolina displaced by Hurricane Florence.  Housing assistance includes lodging expense reimbursement, transitional sheltering assistance for people staying in hotels and direct temporary housing in a travel trailer or manufactured housing unit. Last week, FEMA began providing temporary housing units to 10 counties in Eastern North Carolina.  

“It is a case-by-case basis," said Angela Byrd, media relation specialist with FEMA.  "It usually happens once the house is inspected."

Byrd said individuals will receive notification from FEMA if they are eligible to live in a travel trailer or manufactured housing unit while repairs are being made to their home. About 15 units have been licensed so far.  

"If you have any questions or you receive a denial letter or determination letter and there's some confusion in terms of the process, we do have disaster recovery centers that are available that are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm to help you."

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.