Public Housing Restoration Fund

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.

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The Public Housing Restoration Fund is part of NCORR's Community Development Program initiative to assist Public Housing Authorities affected by disasters. Federally designated most impacted and distressed (MID) counties from hurricanes Matthew and/or Florence are eligible to apply for the funding, including Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Scotland and Wayne. Grant applications were accepted through Aug. 1, 2022.

The first round of funding from the Public Housing Restoration Fund occurred after Hurricane Matthew through state and local planning processes. Over $9.6 million is being utilized by public housing authorities (PHAs) in Wilson and Lumberton to assist with building public housing units outside of flood-prone areas. An additional project in Lumberton includes renovating administrative space that will serve as the local PHA headquarters. The current round of funding is expected to award approximately $16 million to agencies experiencing unmet recovery needs as indicated in the state's Hurricane Florence Action Plan.  

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to, acquisition of real property for development into replacement public housing units; clearance and demolition activities with appropriate HUD approvals; improvements to or repair or replacement of existing public housing units; and new development of public housing units outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Any new construction and rehabilitation must occur outside of the 100-year floodplain.

A virtual technical assistance webinar for grant applicants took place on June 15, 2022. The webinar presentation and recording is available on the event webpage and linked in the resources below.