Find information on free assistance programs as well as disaster relief programs that may help the millions of people who are impacted by Hurricane Florence. With this major storm hitting North and South Carolina as well as impacting parts of Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and/or Maryland, there are many charities and government resources listed below for free food, shelter, financial help for paying bills, medical supplies, and other support. Florence impacted millions of Americans, but in particular low income to moderate income families, many of them who live paycheck to paycheck and have higher bills as a result of a hurricane.
List of free financial assistance and disaster relief programs for Hurricane Florence
There are many links to resources listed below. First and foremost, we are not hurricane or disaster experts. Always listen to the proper authorities and/or public service announcements in your community. One of the main Federal government sites is https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
As far as needing immediate relief, the Salvation Army often responds to disasters. They have centers all across the southeast US. There may be lodging, shelter, food, water, financial aid and the like. They have already dispatched teams to the areas to be impacted, including South and North Carolina. https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/
Local and state agencies for cash assistance: Every county has various grant programs to pay for housing needs during Hurricane Florence, home repairs, emergency transportation, and other bills. The options range from churches to charities or local government social service programs. Find a state below.
Local churches are helping to coordinate responses to Hurricane Florence. They provide free items (food, clothes, furniture, hot meals, blankets, hygiene supplies, etc.), have members of their parishes shelter or check on people impacted, support the poor, and more. They are a good place to go in response to a disaster as well as for long term needs. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/church_assistance_.html
Replacement furniture for a flooded home or apartment may be provided as well to those rebuilding from Hurricane Florence. There are charities that offer this service in the form of free furniture banks. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/help_in_finding_free_furniture.html
Many food banks, including Feeding America and regional networks such as the food bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as well as in SC offer support. While pantries may be closed, a food bank may partner with first responders in the southeast as they respond to Hurricane Florence. They will often often provide free hot meals, water, sack lunches, and organize other feeding programs in response to a hurricane.
- Georgia NE region : www.foodbanknega.org/
- North Carolina – Eastern: http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/PageNavigator/getinvolved_disaster.html
- North Carolina – Central: http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FBCENCHome
- Maryland – Shore: https://mdfoodbank.org/news-events/blog/category/maryland-food-bank-eastern-shore/
- SC Central region: https://www.harvesthope.org/
- SC Coastal region: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/
- Virginia and Virginia Shore: https://foodbankonline.org/
Home repair programs may of course by organized by FEMA and federal agencies, but all residents of VA, SC, NC, GA, and other states also have access to community action agencies as well. Many offer grant programs, home loans, and also provide weatherization as well as utility bill help, all of which may be valuable when dealing with a Hurricane such as Florence. They can also help with repairing damage from a flood. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/community_action_agency.html
Free Motel Vouchers may be issued by FEMA (see above), the Salvation army, private companies, or other charities in response to Hurricane Florence. These are always difficult to get, and this form of assistance is limited, but it may be possible. Find more information here. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/free_motel_and_hotel_vouchers.html
Since the holiday season is upcoming, charities will offer free Christmas toys, meals, and more to low income families impacted by Hurricane Florence. The Salvation Army in NC and nearby states, including South Carolina, will increase the amount of assistance given. Find out where to get help. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/free_christmas_money.html
Federal government and non-profit grants are also available for families dealing with damage from Hurricane Florence. A number of agencies may offer assistance, including FEMA, HUD, and others. The goal is to offer immediate relief to those impacted as well as help with the reocvery. Grants can help the vulnerable, low income, elderly, and others recover, and find a listing of resources available. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/grants_help_with_bills.html
Cash, grants, direct financial aid and more for Hurricane Florence
And of course we have literally thousands of other charities, non-profits, and other financial assistance programs listed on our main site. They cover all states, including North Carolina, Maryland, and all areas impacted by Florence. Search it for what you need help with after the storm passes through. As since most families live check to check, even a small hiccup in their income from Hurricane Florence can cause them to face a hardship. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/
But first and foremost, stay safe and listen to the local authorities as well as responders. I know I will be!