Federal hurricane recovery aid to NC tops $210M

— Three weeks after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, more than $210 million in state and federal recovery funds has already been provided to affected residents, officials said Thursday.

The total includes more than $82 million in state and Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to homeowners and renters, more than $66 million in advance payments and claims paid to National Flood Insurance Program policyholders and nearly $62 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and business owners.

More than 22,000 North Carolina homeowners and renters also have received housing assistance, including grants for repairs, while another 14,000 have received financial rental assistance, officials said.

FEMA inspectors have completed nearly 72,000 home inspections as part of the process of determining whether applicants are eligible for assistance.

More than $54 million in food assistance has been issued through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Nearly 185,000 people have received a supplement to their existing food stamp benefits, and more than 180,000 people who weren‘t already receiving food stamps got a benefit through the program.

FEMA and the state have opened 11 Disaster Recovery Centers across southeastern North Carolina, serving more than 5,000 people. The centers serve as one-stop shops for hurricane survivors who need one-on-one help.