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HUD Awards $198 Million For Hurricane Matthew Recovery PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:01
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded North Carolina $198 million to help families and communities recover from Hurricane Matthew. 
 
Nearly $159 million of the grant funds are specifically earmarked for Robeson, Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties, which were among the state’s hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Matthew.
 
“These counties suffered some of the worst flooding in North Carolina’s history and they need our help to recover and rebuild,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “Our top priorities are making sure people have safe housing and access to essential services, and this grant will help meet those needs.”
 
The remaining approximately $39 million will go to address disaster recovery in the other 46 disaster-declared counties in North Carolina.
 
HUD awarded the grants based on North Carolina’s unmet housing and infrastructure needs, which considers the cost to repair seriously damaged properties and infrastructure in the most-impacted counties.
 
The recovery funds will help communities hit hard by Hurricane Matthew with housing, economic development, infrastructure and efforts to prevent further damage. Possible applications include:
 
Rehabilitating storm-damaged homes and buildings
Buying damaged properties in flood plains and relocating residents to safer areas
Temporary housing for people and businesses displaced by the disaster
Helping businesses keep or create jobs
Building or rehabilitating public streets, neighborhood centers, and water, sewer and drainage systems
Down payment assistance, interest rate subsidies and loan guarantees to help disaster victims buy their own homes
Debris removal not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
“Hurricane Matthew hit us hard, but North Carolinians are resilient,” Cooper said. “These funds will give families and communities resources to repair homes, rebuild streets and get back to work.”
 
The $198 million federal grant was awarded this week following a request for additional financial assistance. The funds are in addition to the $4.5 million federal grant awarded last week to match trained case managers with Hurricane Matthew survivors to help them navigate the long and often complicated recovery process.
 
As of today, 81,629 households across the 50 disaster-designated counties have registered for FEMA assistance. Survivors are encouraged to monitor the status of their cases and to update their contact information when changes occur. This can be done by visiting fema.gov/disaster/4285 or calling the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:02
 
NC Receives $4.5 Million Grant To Pay For Case Managers For Hurricane Victims PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:38
North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5 million federal grant to help Hurricane Matthew survivors with their long-term recovery needs.
 
The funds will be used to pair case managers with some of the hardest-hit survivors to help them navigate the long and often complicated recovery process.
 
“Families and communities recovering from Hurricane Matthew continue to struggle and they need our support,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “Case managers will help storm survivors navigate the sometime complex process to access safe housing and funds to repair damaged homes.”
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the $4,521,340 Disaster Case Management Grant to North Carolina Emergency Management to provide direct case management services for up to 24 months. The 100 percent federal grant requires no matching funds from the state. This marks the first time that the state has sought or received this type of award, which was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to aid survivors of large disasters who have long term recovery needs.
 
NCEM Director Mike Sprayberry said the state currently is identifying experienced case managers who will work in conjunction with faith-based and volunteer organizations to assist in meeting survivors’ unmet needs. Case managers are expected to be in place by early February.
 
More than 80,275 people already have registered with FEMA for state and federal assistance since Hurricane Matthew brought torrential rains to much of central and eastern North Carolina in early October. Not counting this grant, more than $88.4 million in federal disaster assistance has been provided to displaced homeowners and renters, with an additional $80.8 million provided to home and business applicants by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
The deadline for Hurricane Matthew survivors to register with FEMA for disaster assistance is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Apply online at fema.gov/disaster/4285 or call 800-621-FEMA.
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:47
 
Cooper Heads To Court To Lift Restraining Order Blocking Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:26
Governor Roy Cooper and federal Health and Human Services officials have asked a U. S. District Court judge to lift a restraining order that temporarily blocks Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. 
 
North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore won the two-week restraining order Saturday after Cooper petitioned the federal government to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a move the Republican leaders say is illegal. In 2013, the General Assembly passed a law that requires legislative approval to expand Medicaid. Cooper counters that law impinges on the authority of the Executive Branch. Federal HHS officials agree arguing Cooper has the authority to expand Medicaid as the state as chief administrator of the program. 
 
Cooper maintains that Berger and Moore overstate the problems of Medicaid expansion and that their arguments "has led this Court to use equitable powers that have no sound foundation here.” 
 
Berger wrote on Facebook Monday that Cooper was trying to expand Medicaid before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office on Friday. Trumo has pledged to quickly sign legislation that would repeal the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.   
 
“There’s no question if this was an honest or legal attempt to expand Obamacare, they would have no problem waiting four more days until President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office,” Berger wrote.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:46
 
Berger And Moore File Federal Complaint To Stop Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 05:58
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) intend to file a federal complaint Friday to stop Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Berger and Moore maintain Cooper does not have the authority to unilaterally expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act without legislative approval.
 
The Republican leaders issued the following statement: 
 
“Unlike others, this is the first time we will be plaintiffs in a lawsuit, and it is not a decision we’ve made lightly – but unfortunately our multiple attempts to amicably convince Gov. Cooper to follow the law have fallen on deaf ears. Cooper’s brazen decision to press on with his unconstitutional Obamacare expansion scheme and ignore the General Assembly’s constitutional role to make laws requires swift legal action.
 
“Today has raised even more serious questions about how closely Gov. Cooper and the Obama administration have coordinated to force an unconstitutional Obamacare expansion in the last few days of the president’s administration, with the governor offering a cabinet post to a senior Obama administration official leading the very organization tasked with reviewing his proposal.”
 
 Berger and Moore have also asked Congress and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to disapprove Governor Cooper's Medicaid expansion request.
 
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