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Sheltering Assistance, FEMA , SBA Deadlines Jan. 7 and Jan. 9

The City of Goldsboro was notified by Manuel Portela, FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist – External Affairs, that Wayne County’s Disaster Recovery Center will likely close in two weeks* and that the deadline for registering for FEMA disaster relief is Jan. 9, 2017.  Mr. Portela strongly encourages everyone who has not filed yet to contact him immediately at 225-916-0094 or

If you cannot go to the Disaster Recovery Center (W.A. Foster Recreation Center, 1012 S. John St., Room 110.2, Goldsboro, open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays), you can register online at, download the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. The service is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available.

FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which provides hotel accommodations for survivors unable to live in damaged property, is scheduled to end Jan. 7, helps people displaced by Hurricane Matthew locate available, affordable rental housing. Call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 877-428-8844. The FEMA Housing Portal ( is another housing resource.

If you received a low-interest disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration, complete it before the Jan. 9, 2017, deadline to keep the federal assistance process moving. You do not have to accept a loan. If you do not qualify for the loan, you may be eligible for FEMA grant money but you have to have applied for the loan and been denied for the process to move back to FEMA.

*According to the NC Department of Public Safety, the Wayne County center will close at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6. The goal is to close all DRCs by Feb. 3.

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The Wayne County Board of Commissioners have extended the waiver through March 31 of the fees
  • in the environmental health area for inspections of wells and septic systems damaged in Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding and
  • for building permits secured for construction or reconstruction related to Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding.

On October 20, 2016, the board had approved a 45-day waiver of those fees as well as fees for debris disposal at the county landfill.

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Release date: Dec. 8, 2016
Release Number: 17-222, NC 14911/14912

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages homeowners and renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations to apply for a disaster loan before the Jan. 9, 2017 deadline. Anyone in the declared counties in North Carolina with damages caused by Hurricane Matthew that occurred on Oct. 4 –24, 2016 should apply for the disaster recovery loan program.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Wake, Washington, Wayne and Wilson in North Carolina, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties and independent cities are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alamance, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Montgomery, New Hanover, Orange, Pamlico, Randolph, Stanly, Union and Warren.

SBA disaster loans are available to cover uninsured losses from the disaster.  Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters.  Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app.  If the online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Loan applications can be downloaded from  Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Jan. 9, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is July 10, 2017.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is helping displaced households recover from Hurricane Matthew.

HUD disaster-related services for North Carolina include:

Disaster assistance for those who lived in public housing, a Section 8 unit or have a Housing Choice Voucher. Survivors should contact the housing provider that assisted them before the disaster and contact HUD at (336) 851-8058 or email at

Homeowner information and assistance regarding foreclosure or questions about next steps with their home. Survivors may contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency by calling 800-569-4287. Survivors do not have to have a FHA loan to meet with a HUD approved housing counseling agency and there is never a fee for foreclosure prevention counseling.

Survivors believing they have experienced housing discrimination after the disaster should call 888-560-8913. Persons with questions about housing discrimination may call 800-669-9777.

Individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew are encouraged to register online at, download the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 for voice, 711, Video Relay Service, or other relay service. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking and use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585 directly.

Habitat Goldsboro-Wayne Hurricane Matthew Voucher Program
The NC Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund has awarded a grant to Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne to make vouchers available to individuals and families adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew so they can shop in the Habitat ReStore.
The maximum amount an individual can spend with a voucher is $150, with a limit of two vouchers per family.
Vouchers may be used to purchase home goods and furnishings including furniture, appliances, home interior items or construction materials. It will not cover sporting goods, clothes, books, toys and other miscellaneous items.
In order to be eligible for this program, families must live in Wayne County, have a referral from a social service organization (ex. Department of Social Services, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Baptist Men, Catholic Charities, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Area Churches in Action, All the King’s Children etc.) and a valid ID (driver’s license, utility bill, lease/mortgage, etc). Referrals must either be a signed letter from an organization on letterhead or a signed copy of a Habitat Voucher. Individuals may also access the program with a FEMA registration form and number or if they are on the Red Cross list.
The program will end when the funds are exhausted or on November 30, 2017, whichever comes first.
The Habitat Goldsboro-Wayne ReStore is located at 124 E. Mulberry St. in Goldsboro. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.