North Carolina legislators are expected to return to Raleigh in early December to begin addressing the long-term financial needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
More than $61 million has already been approved for individuals who suffered losses from the October storm. That number could rise substantially when preliminary damage assessments are shared with the state’s congressional delegation and Congress considers supplemental federal disaster assistance.
Satana Deberry, Executive Director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition, says topping the priority list should be a commitment to more affordable housing, which was already in short supply before the storm waters arrived.
Click below to hear Chris Fitzsimon’s full interview with Deberry.
On Tuesday, the governor’s office announced the formation of a Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee. The committee includes nearly three dozen high-profile figures and community leaders — including former state budget director Art Pope, UNC system President Margaret Spellings, and former Gov. Bev Perdue — tasked with fundraising and developing long-term plans for the recovery.