Over $65M allocated to help counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew

Over $65M allocated to help counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Approximately $65.3 million will be allocated to the 24 South Carolina counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

According to a press release from the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office, the housing-focused program will concentrate on the repair and refurbishment of homes based on eligibility and priority need.

"Like the 2015 Severe Storm Recovery Action Plan, it will focus on serving the most vulnerable citizens, giving priority to those who cannot recover themselves," the release stated.

Grand Strand and Pee Dee counties served by the program are:

  • Darlington
  • Dillon
  • Florence
  • Georgetown
  • Horry
  • Marion
  • Marlboro
  • Williamsburg

The SCDRO will hold four town hall meetings during the first week in April to present the action plan and receive public feedback. Each session will take place between 6 and 7 p.m.

Dates and locations for each meeting are below:

  • April 3, 2017 - Technical College of the Lowcountry – Beaufort Campus - Building 12 - 921 Ribaut Road - Beaufort, SC 29902
  • April 4, 2017- Francis Marion University - Lowimore Auditorium in the Cauthen Educational Media Center - 4822 E. Palmetto St. - Florence, SC 29506
  • April 4, 2017 - Ellis Performing Arts Center - 618 N. Richardson St. - Latta, SC 29565
  • April 6, 2017 - CD Joyner Auditorium - 161 Elizabeth St. - Marion, SC 29571

To be eligible for the program, citizens must have disaster-caused damage to their home as a result of the October 2016 Hurricane Matthew and own property or live in one of the declared counties, the release stated.

Eligibility, however, does not guarantee assistance. Factors that determine citizen priority include income level, disability, and age.

For more information about the town hall events or the SCDRO Action Plan, click here.

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