More than 22,000 North Carolinians sought refuge at disaster shelters during Hurricane Florence and the devastating flooding that followed. The last of the disaster shelters closed November 9, 2018. Most households were able to leave the shelters and return home, many accessing FEMA and other assistance.
Based on experience in past disasters, most recently Hurricane Matthew, we knew that a new resource was needed for those at risk of becoming homeless with no access to other disaster resources and no clear path out of disaster shelters. Back@Home North Carolina is designed to fill this gap by using a cost-effective rapid rehousing model and precedent set by Houston, TX and Puerto Rico.
During the program's first month of operating, Back@Home housed 100 people from disaster shelters. Now that the disaster shelters are closed, Back@Home is continuing to house individuals and families that were affected by Hurricane Florence and are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness.