MOREHEAD CITY — The city was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Rural Economic Development Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce to help seven families rehabilitate their homes from damage caused by Hurricane Florence in September 2018.

The city will receive $750,000 in grant funds, which come from federal sources and are administered through the NCDC’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program. North Carolina received approximately $47.9 million in CDBG funds in 2018, of which about $10 million was set aside for the Neighborhood Revitalization program.

The program is aimed at helping low- to moderate-income families, with income thresholds set by federal U.S. Housing and Urban Development standards, improve their living conditions through home repairs and rehabilitation. The application this round made special considerations for storm-affected areas, and all of Morehead City’s participating families sustained major damage to their homes during Hurricane Florence.

“We are really excited. Three-quarters of a million dollars for housing rehab obviously is really exciting, it’s going to be transformative for those seven homes,” City Manager Ryan Eggleston said of the recent notice the city was selected to receive funds.

The city submitted its application for the grant in July, at which time officials identified the seven residences to participate in the program. Mr. Eggleston said the participants’ homes were inspected and vetted at the time of the application submittal.

“The homes have been vetted, they have been surveyed in accordance with the federal guidelines, which are stringent guidelines,” Mr. Eggleston said. “We worked with a consultant company as well just to make sure all our I’s were dotted and T’s were crossed, so the identification process and surveying process has all been completed.”

Of the seven planned rehabilitation projects, three are complete rebuilds and four involve major renovations. All the homes are single-family structures in the neighborhood north of Arendell Street between 4th and 28th streets.

According to a release from the city announcing the award, there are some funding conditions which must still be met before construction can begin. If all conditions are met, construction will begin this summer.

Mr. Eggleston extended his thanks to the city’s planning department, including Planning Director Sandi Watkins and planner Mackenzie Todd, for leading the charge on securing grant funds. He also thanked the city council for their blessing in pursuing the program.

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(3) comments

Drime

That's great ! Over $120,000 per home !

Core Sounder

guess these folks had too much income or assets to qualify for a fema grant but had bad credit records so they did not qualify for a small business loan with its very low interest rates. There is no incentive for low income folks to purchase home insurance since the taxpayers will end up building or repairing your homes. Hard decision now days to decide whether to sit on one's rear end and force taxpayers to provide all of your needs or go to work for 10 to 15 bucks per hour and fare far worse than those that chose to sit on their behinds.

David Collins

With today’s prices for construction in mind, 120K won’t get you very far. Of course the homes selection process may well take that into consideration. Be interesting to know the criteria behind the selection process. Be even more interesting to see the building contractor selection due to the fact that all the good reputable ones are beyond busy and will be for a while.

Correct me if I am mistaken but any type of a building loan requires proof of insurance on the dwelling. Does it not?

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