Greene Co. residents struggle to find temporary housing after Matthew damage

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SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – Many in Greene County are finding it difficult to find another place to stay during the clean up process from Hurricane Matthew.

Anthony Grant, who lives in Snow Hill, said it could cost him and his family thousands of dollars to repair damages after Matthew’s floodwaters, and they will have to stay with friends until then.

“We can’t stay here,” Grant said. “I mean it’s unsafe, the mold. We’re just doing the best we can with what we’ve got to work with.”

Greene County Interfaith executive director Dianne Andrews said the organization is attempting to help find solutions for displaced families. The organization is offering food and emergency kits, and Andrews has reached out to state and federal officials in hopes of bringing some relief housing to families forced to start over.

Her goal is “to see if we can get some temporary housing like bringing something in where they can live in their yard while they repair,” Andrews said.

9OYS took a look at what temporary options are available in Greene County.

No apartments in the area had availability, and a local realtor said there were only two vacant rental homes in Greene County.

Though Andrew acknowledges it may take a while before the state and government can take action to help Greene County, she said her organization can at least help with repairs.

“If it’s your home, and you need help repairing it, we have people coming in that want to help,” said Andrews.

While the damages to the Grants’ home aren’t nearly as bad as when they had three feet of water in their house during Floyd, Anthony Grant said the situation his family is in now will displace them for months. The Grants’ floors are still saturated with water, and they are starting to cave in.

“It still disrupts your life because you can’t go home,” Grant said. “We are just doing the best we can with what we got to work with.”

Grant said while he hopes to receive funds to repair the damages, he won’t get nearly the amount needed for repairs and renting a home.

Andrews said while the storm was only a little more than a week ago, for many, it feels like months.

“They don’t know what to do; they don’t know who to turn to,” said Andrews. “I tell people just take a deep breath and know we’ll get through it. We will, we’re a strong rural community.”

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