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FEMA Programs for Hurricane Matthew Affected Properties

Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (UHMA)

Click here for State of NC Hurricane Matthew Subgrantee Briefing Presentation - January 2017 (.pdf)

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Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (UHMA)

Acquisition and Demolition Overview  

The acquisition and demolition, or "buyout" of a home uses FEMA funds to purchase a home and land from a willing homeowner. The homeowner is offered pre-disaster fair market value for their home as determined by a certified appraiser and appraisal process, and the home is then demolished and the land is deeded to the local government with an open space restriction. The land must remain open in perpetuity to restore or conserve natural floodplain functions.

Note: Before the homeowner receives the funds from the selling of the home, any Individual Assistance or Flood Insurance funds not used to repair the home will be deducted from the final offer made to the homeowner. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to keep any and all receipts for repairs they have made. 

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Eligibility 

  • Home being acquired must meet FEMA Cost-Effective requirements. NCEM supports local governments with this determination
  • Local Government must be willing to keep the acquired land as open space in perpetuity
  • Homeowner must have clear title on the home and the land to be acquired

Required Documentation 

Local officials will work with homeowners to obtain all necessary documentation for the project package to include: 

  • Tax Card
  • Flood Insurance Declaration Page (Required for some non-disaster projects)
  • Photos (4 Sides)
  • Elevation Certificate (if available)
  • FEMA Required Acquisition Forms
  • Homeowner Intake Form 

North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) will be working closely with local governments on program eligibility and grant proposals to FEMA for this long-term program designed to protect lives and property from future disaster. 


Elevation Overview 

Structure elevation or "house raising" involves physically raising an existing structure to an elevation at the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) or higher if required by FEMA or local Ordinance. Structure elevation may be achieved through a variety of methods, including elevating on continuous foundation walls; elevating on open foundations, such as piles, piers, posts, or columns; and elevating on fill. Buildings proposed for elevation must be structurally sound and capable of being elevated safely. This program pays for the engineering to determine if the home is feasible to raise, then elevates and retrofits the foundation. 

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Eligibility 

  • Structure being elevated must meet FEMA Cost-Effective requirements. NCEM suppo1ts local governments with this determination.
  • Structure must be found feasible for elevation
  • Structure and land must be owned by the applicant

Required Documentation 

Local officials will work with homeowners to obtain all necessary documentation for project package to include: 
  • Tax Card
  • Flood Insurance Declaration Page (Required for some non-disaster projects)
  • Photos (4 Sides)
  • Elevation Ce1tificate (if available)
  • FEMA required elevation forms
  • Homeowner Intake Form 

** Please note that following participation in the Mitigation programs for elevation you will be required to maintain flood insurance on the mitigated structure for the remaining life of the home. ** 

NCEM will be working closely with local governments on program eligibility and grant proposals to FEMA for this long-term program designed to protect lives and property from future disaster. 


Mitigation Reconstruction Overview 

Mitigation Reconstruction or "demolish and rebuild," is the construction of an improved, code-compliant, elevated home on the same site where the existing home has been partially or completely demolished or destroyed. This option is available to those with existing homes that are not feasible for elevation due to deferred maintenance or storm damage to the foundation, flooring, or stabilizing walls of the home. The program pays for a licensed engineer to determine the necessary height of the reconstructed home, the required foundation type, and to design the new structure with appropriate wind retrofitting. The newly constructed will be no more than 110% of the footprint of the current home on the lot. 

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Eligibility 

  • Project in entirety must meet FEMA Cost-Effective requirements
  • All eligible construction activities must be completed for under $150,000
  • Homeowner must own the land that the reconstructed home will be built on. 

Required Documentation 

Local officials will work with homeowners to obtain all necessary documentation for the project package to include:

  • Tax Card
  • Flood Insurance Declaration Page (Required for some non-disaster projects)
  • Photos (4 Sides)
  • Elevation Certificate (if available)
  • FEMA required Mitigation Reconstruction Forms
  • Homeowner Intake Form 

** Please note that following participation in the Mitigation programs for Mitigation Reconstruction you will be required to maintain flood insurance on the mitigated structure for the remaining life of the home. ** 

NCEM will be working closely with local governments on program eligibility and grant proposals to FEMA for this long-term program designed to protect lives and property from future disaster. 


Homeowner Process for the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program 

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Hurricane Matthew Grants Branch Contacts

Nick Burk, Recovery Section Manager for HM Grants                                                                                           919.825.2301 - Office
Nicholas.Burk@ncdps.gov

Sharon Winstead, HM Supervisor
919.825.2301 - Office
Sharon.Winstead@ncdps.gov

Kathy Brewer, HM Administrative Assistant
919.825.2301 - Office
Kathy.Brewer@ncdps.gov

Joyce Holley, HM Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Joyce.Holley@ncdps.gov

Deborah Cooley-Godwin, HM Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Deborah.Cooley-godwin@ncdps.gov

Phyllis Courtney, HM Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Phyllis.Courtney@ncdps.gov

Melva Phoébé, HM Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Melva.Phoebe@ncdps.gov

Tiffany Parker, HM Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Tiffany.Parker@ncdps.gov

Derek Winstead, 404/406 EHP Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Derek.Winstead@ncdps.gov

Ian Verhaeghe, EHP Specialist
919.825.2301 - Office
Ian.Verhaeghe@ncdps.gov

 

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