HUD Louisville Volunteers help North Carolina Disaster Survivors
Two HUD Louisville volunteer staff members are on disaster assignment in North Carolina to aid the survivors of Hurricane Matthew. They are coordinating with other government agencies such as FEMA and SBA as well as the American Red Cross to ensure that everyone possible that is displaced by the disaster are housed, clothed, fed, and getting all of the resources available to them. Working out of the Joint Field Office (JFO) and in the field where shelters and Disaster Resource Centers (DRC) are operating these HUD volunteers are helping those displaced one family and individual at a time.
"It's humbling to see the families who have lost so much have so much hope and gratitude," said HUD Louisville Office volunteer David Railey. "It makes you realize what is really important in life and to take nothing for granted." Railey is leading the effort to help survivors in the shelters find permanent housing and receive recovery services in a timely fashion. He works for the Field Office Director in the Louisville Office supporting Presidential and Secretarial Initiatives as a Senior Management Analyst.
Michele Roundtree, Louisville's other volunteer, is working in the shelter in Lumberton helping over a dozen survivors find a place to live. "It's been life altering to see those that have lost everything that they had because of the disaster," said Roundtree. "I'm just glad to be here to do whatever I can to help." Roundtree works as a Fair Housing Equal Opportunity Specialist in the Louisville Office. Earlier this month, North Carolina state officials estimated the flooding has caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, business and government buildings.
President Obama issued a disaster declaration in several impacted counties in North Carolina on Oct 11, 2016 which allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families.
"Today, our collective thoughts and prayers are with those who are now facing the painful process of recovering from this storm," said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. "As our sister agencies assess the damage and respond to the immediate needs of our citizens, HUD will offer any assistance possible and stands ready to support the longer term housing recovery efforts." HUD is:
Read about these and other HUD programs designed to assist disaster victims.
Individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew are also encouraged to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov (http://disasterassistance.gov/), 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.
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