While we continue to learn about the many ways that Hurricane Matthew has delivered destruction and hardship to our communities, we know that there will be the need for many months and even years of rebuilding. The North Carolina Justice Center stands at the ready to promote the best policies to support an equitable and inclusive recovery that builds thriving and resilient communities.
Right now, there are deadlines approaching to apply for critical federal assistance that we want to make sure Pulse readers have and share with their families, friends and neighbors in Eastern North Carolina.
- Food assistance is available to residents who have NOT been receiving food assistance but who need help accessing food in the following counties: Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, and Wayne. More information can be found here. The deadline is Wednesday, October 26th.
- Disaster unemployment insurance is available for residents in the following counties: Beaufort County, Bertie County, Bladen County, Columbus County, Cumberland County, Dare County, Edgecombe County, Greene County, Harnett County, Hoke County, Hyde County, Johnston County, Jones County, Lenoir County, Nash County, Pitt County, Robeson County, Sampson County, Wayne County, and Wilson County. Individuals affected by the disaster and are unable to continue working can apply for disaster unemployment insurance. Be sure to apply by November 14, 2016. You can call 1-866-795-8877 and visit: https://desncc.com/DES/ to apply online.
- General disaster assistance for housing, home repairs and other damage is available. Individuals—homeowners and renters— and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). It is recommended that you should apply even if you have insurance. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
For more information regarding local services and resources, you can also dial 211 or visit www.nc211.org.