The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) Public Housing Restoration Fund has awarded $14.5 million to four state public housing agencies for projects that will help meet critical public housing needs in eastern North Carolina. This latest round of awards is in addition to $9.6 million NCORR previously committed to Wilson and Lumberton projects, with a total of more than $24 million in public housing funding awarded to date.
The Public Housing Restoration Fund awards will be used to increase the availability of safe, affordable public housing units in areas of the state that were heavily impacted by hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Public housing authority recipients from four communities will repair or replace damaged rental units or build new ones in safer locations with a lower risk of flooding.
The following public housing authorities were recipients of Public Housing Restoration Fund awards for a total of $14,572,695 in assistance:
- Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority, awarded $636,454
- Housing Authority of the City of Lumberton, awarded $5,000,000
- Princeville Housing Authority, awarded $6,900,000
- Wilmington Housing Authority, awarded $2,036,241
Public housing projects from the 16 North Carolina counties federally identified as “most impacted and distressed” due to damage from hurricanes Matthew and Florence were eligible to apply for funds. Projects with unoccupied units and/or residents displaced due to storm damage were prioritized. A map and full list of these counties is available on the NCORR website. The funding application period began May 31 and ended Aug. 1.
The Public Housing Restoration Fund Program is supported by North Carolina’s HUD Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery funding for hurricanes Matthew and Florence. It is one of multiple housing programs overseen by NCORR through its Community Development Office, which also administers the Multi-family Development Fund, Affordable Housing Development Fund, and Infrastructure Recovery Program.