State extends STEP program for houses damaged by Florence

STEP program extended

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - More than 200 families soon will be able to return to their homes while they rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program was being extended to include 202 additional single-family homes in 12 counties.

STEP provides homeowners with partial repairs at no cost so they can return and remain in their residences while long-term repairs are made.

“People want to be able to live in their own homes while they work to recover from Hurricane Florence,” Cooper said. “We’ve expanded this program to make it possible for more North Carolina families to get home faster.”

The original STEP program was funded by FEMA and provided repairs to homes with up to $17,000 in damages.

The 202 homes involved in extended program had applied for the original program but had slightly more damage.

N.C. Emergency Management is using state funds for these additional homes.

Homes in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson counties are among the 202 included in the extended program.

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