Cooperative Agreement with USDA-Rural Development
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew resulted in devastating flooding across eastern and central NC. The storm caused rivers to rise for 2 weeks and left over 800,000 families in NC without power.
To aid in recovery efforts, NCACDC has entered into a Cooperative Agreement with USDA-RD to carry out outreach activities to increase the public’s awareness of USDA-RD financial assistance programs, as well as offer an opportunity to develop skills for applying for financial assistance.
Building upon these purposes, NCACDC has worked collaboratively with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) to
co-sponsor workshops in Halifax, Edgecombe, Wayne and Wilson counties that provided free and accurate information about USDA’s housing programs, as well as other state and federally funded recovery programs targeting storm-impacted local residents.
The workshops were attended by USDA representatives who gave presentations on programs such as the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Loan Borrowers or Grant Recipients progran, which helps families in counties designated by the President as disaster areas whose Rural-Development financed homes were damaged or destroyed. Presentations were given on recovery resources from other agencies as well, such as
the Essential Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool-Disaster Recovery administered at the state level by the NC Housing Finance Agency. LANC also arranged for several legal presentations during the workshops. For example, one LANC attorney provided an overview of key landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities. Another LANC attorney highlighted key aspects of NC based foreclosure prevention remedies and strategies. Workshop topics also included updates on NC Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. In addition to USDA and LANC, representatives from other community organizations such as the Choanoke Area Development Authority (CADA), the Wilson County government and the Wilson County Improvement Association (WCIA) attended these workshops to share information about recovery resources with residents.
To receive updates on future workshops or information from previous workshops, please call (252) 443-4659