Affordable Housing

CREATING AFFORDABLE OPTIONS

Learn how CDBG-DR funds are helping Fayetteville and Goldsboro create affordable places to live.

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Many areas of eastern North Carolina had an affordable housing shortage that grew worse when hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Often, the people hit hardest in natural disasters are those who can least afford it. Increasing the availability of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families helps those still recovering from flooding and increases safety and resiliency in future storms.

Multi-Family Rental Housing

As part of the state’s hurricane recovery, the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) signed a memorandum of agreement with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) to provide funding to build affordable housing in Fayetteville, Lumberton and Goldsboro. The McArthur Park II project in Fayetteville includes 80 affordable units for families, while the Adair Gardens project in Goldsboro and Windcrest project in Lumberton include units to house senior members of the community.

Public Housing Restoration Fund 

The state’s initial Hurricane Matthew Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan created the Public Housing Restoration Fund and allocated $5 million to the program. Action Plan Amendment 5 increased the Public Housing Restoration Fund by $4.9 million and identified projects in Robeson, Wilson and Wayne counties as eligible for the fund. 

Since the initial plan, additional Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) have identified potential unmet recovery needs. In total, seven of these PHAs have been identified as having eligible FEMA Public Assistance Program claims that will require a local match. Of the seven agencies identified, the Housing Authorities of the City of Lumberton, City of Goldsboro and City of Wilson are to be allocated funds under Amendment 5. As recovery needs change, funds from the program can be used to assist other PHAs that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Through upcoming grants with HUD, NCORR will continue to develop partnerships and opportunities for more affordable housing development in storm-affected areas of eastern North Carolina.