Announcement: Public Housing Restoration Fund Awards
The NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency 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.
The Public Housing Restoration Fund is part of NCORR's Community Development Program initiative to assist Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) affected by disasters. The 16 North Carolina counties federally designated as "most impacted and distressed" (MID) due to damage from Hurricanes Matthew and/or Florence are eligible to apply for program funding.
Funds from the program can be used to build replacement affordable rental public housing units, repair or replace existing public housing units, develop new public housing outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), or engage in other activities to make PHA facilities and housing units more resilient to future storm events. Any new construction and rehabilitation must occur outside of the 100-year floodplain.
Grant applications for the second round of funding were accepted through Aug. 1, 2022. Announcements regarding availability of funds will be sent to public housing agencies within MID counties for Florence and Matthew. Information will also be posted to this webpage.
The first round of funding from the Public Housing Restoration Fund occurred after Hurricane Matthew through state and local planning processes. NCORR awarded over $9.6 million to PHAs in Wilson and Lumberton to assist with building public housing units outside of flood-prone areas.
- Housing Authority of the City of Lumberton, awarded $5,931,531 to develop Hilton Heights-Myers Park replacement housing (72 units)
- Housing Authority of the City of Lumberton, awarded $1,027,986 to renovate administrative space that will serve as the local PHA headquarters
- Wilson Housing Authority, awarded $2,712,905 to develop Eatmon Townhomes (32 units)
The second round of Public Housing Restoration Fund funding awarded $14.5 million to public housing authorities in eastern North Carolina experiencing unmet recovery needs as indicated in the state's Hurricane Florence Action Plan. The agencies will use the grants to repair or replace damaged rental units or build new ones in safer locations with a lower risk of flooding.
- Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority, awarded $636,454
- Housing Authority of the City of Lumberton, awarded $5,000,000 (36 units)
- Princeville Housing Authority, awarded $6,900,000 (50 units)
- Wilmington Housing Authority, awarded $2,036,241 (41 units)