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CDP 2018 Atlantic Season Hurricane Recovery Fund Report Presented to The Patterson Foundation

Posted on December 09, 2019 by Michael Corley, consultant with The Patterson Foundation & Center for Disaster Philanthropy
During hurricane season 2018, two storms devastated the US mainland – Hurricane Florence and then Hurricane Michael. The Patterson Foundation contributed $500,000 into the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Atlantic Season Hurricane Recovery Fund to help. The long-term recovery work continues to this day.

The following information is from an update report recently provided by CDP:

Assessment of Needs
CDP’s 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund was launched in response to Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael to allow funders to come together and meet the long-term recovery needs of communities in the affected areas.

Fund Focus
  • To support medium and long-term needs, especially programs that support minority and vulnerable populations;
  • To fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce; and
  • To promote and facilitate collaborative relationships among funders and responding organizations. 
The CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fund Grant Committee determined that funding will focus on the following issues for communities impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, in North Carolina and Florida, respectively:
  1. Housing recovery
  2. Special needs populations 

Update on Grants Awarded
Hurricane Florence Grants:
  • $250,000 to North Carolina Baptists on Mission to provide direct support and assistance for housing repairs to 60 families using their three program support hubs (Robeson, Craven, and Duplin counties), which will feed, house, and mobilize up to 300 volunteers a day.
  • $250,000 to CORE Community Organized Relief Effort to support their North Carolina Housing Rehabilitation and Resiliency Program in Robeson County, which targets the Lumbee Native American community to assist with housing repairs to 50 homes and build community resilience through local capacity-building efforts.
  • $200,000 to Rebuilding Together of the Triangle for the critical repair of 20 homes in Bladen and Pender counties.
  • $150,000 to Disabilities Rights North Carolina to improve disaster services and assistance through indirect and direct assistance to people with disabilities, advocacy, and more inclusive emergency management planning.
  • $50,000 Land Loss Prevention Project for staff support to provide legal services to address immediate critical needs of homeowners, landowners, and farmers in the 34 disaster recovery counties. 
Hurricane Michael Grants:
  • $250,000 to Mennonite Disaster Service for building materials to build up to four new homes or perform ten critical home repairs for families still in need referred by local disaster case management and the North Florida Inland Long-Term Recovery Group in rural Jackson and Calhoun Counties.
  • $200,000 to All Hands and Hearts in the form of a matching grant for their Rebuilding Resilient Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael program, which will provide critical repairs and interior finishes to 18 homes in Bay County.
  • $177,163 to Habitat for Humanity of Bay County for their Hurricane Michael Critical Home Repair Program, which will provide repairs to 55 homes in Bay County to low-to middle- income families.
  • $100,000 to Legal Services of North Florida to support their Hurricane Michael Legal Advocacy program, which provides persons affected by Hurricane Michael with legal assistance, information, and access to resources to maintain or secure housing.
  • $50,000 to ToolBank to establish a tool bank with up to 5,000 square feet of warehouse space in Panama City to provide tools free of charge to nonprofits and community-based organizations working in housing recovery. 
Impact
This grantmaking represents a holistic funding approach for housing recovery that includes direct assistance for recovering safe and secure housing as well as legal services for affected families to maintain housing or obtain due financial assistance. Furthermore, the majority of the programs are targeting underserved or vulnerable communities, including three grants benefiting small-scale farmers in communities of color, people with disabilities, and the Lumbee Native American community in North Carolina. Combined, these grants represent CDP’s ideals of serving vulnerable populations and creating avenues that boost disaster preparedness and resilience within affected communities.

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