Hurricane Victims Frustrated with Slow Housing Recovery

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded North Carolina a community block grant of $237 million for Matthew recovery, but as of July the state had spent only about 6%.

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SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson’s home  — damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — still wasn’t fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is gutted, the flooring and walls nothing more than bare wooden beams smelling faintly of river water. Estimated damage to the home is over $52,000, she said. The 81-year-old received about $13,000 in short-term federal assistance,…

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