Community Development

Community Development

Moore County’s Community Development division seeks to build the capacity of Moore County’s low income communities to successfully meet their own needs. Community Development staff:

  • Administer a grant-subsidized housing rehab program working with qualifying low-income homeowners. If you are a homeowner in need of assistance please contact Housing Program Rehab Coordinator Carlis Sweat at 947-5010 to have a Statement of Need mailed to you or by clicking on Statement of Need to obtain this document. Those in need of assistance may also pick up a copy of the Statement of Need at our office at 1048 Carriage Oaks Drive in Carthage (the Planning & Inspections Department, across from Food Lion on Monroe Street and in the same complex as DSS.) The Statement of Need will put you on our mailing list and we will mail you an application when program opportunities become available.
  • Refer low income homeowners to resources outside our department. Our division is able to serve a small portion of those in need. Other agencies, including USDA Rural Development, Independent Living, Action Pathways and Habitat for Humanity are sometimes a better fit for homeowners in need because these agencies are often able to serve homeowners more quickly than our programs. These additional resources can be found by clicking Referral Guide

Housing rehab programs improve homes owned by qualifying low-income persons living in Moore County. The work is geared toward addressing health and human safety challenges while also preserving what is often the largest asset owned by a low-income family.

The Community Development division maintains a mailing list of all those who have expressed a need for assistance. When program funds become available an application is mailed to everyone on the mailing list with a letter describing the program opportunity and deadline for application submission. Those interested in having work performed to their home must submit an application for each program in order to be considered for assistance under that program.

Please note that this program does not proceed as quickly as some beneficiaries may like. Even those selected for assistance wait months as compliance hurdles are cleared before work may commence.

Different programs have different requirements. Some programs allow approximately $5,000 worth of work (“emergency repair”) to be performed on a home. Other programs allow more significant repairs, and all programs place limits on the amount of work that can be performed on a mobile home. In order to be considered for assistance, applicants must own their home (mortgage is acceptable), and be current on their taxes. We ask that all applicants maintain property free of zoning violations such as piles of trash and abandoned cars or mobile homes. Those applicants who lack clear title to their property are encouraged to contact the Land Loss Prevention Project at 1-800-672-5839 to obtain free legal assistance.

Housing Rehab Programs

Current

AMOUNT:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match)

PURPOSE:  To assist low income owner occupied households with urgent repair needs.

STATUS:  Currently seven (7) homes are under contract; 2 in Carthage, 2 in Robbins, 1 in Cameron, 1 in West End, 1 in Aberdeen

TERM:  December 31, 2022

A copy of the 2021 Urgent Repair Program Assistance Policy is available for view here.

AMOUNT:  $132,000 

PURPOSE:  To assist low income owner occupied households with urgent repair needs.

STATUS:  Request for Assistance form will be accepted September 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.

TERM:   December 31, 2023

A copy of the 2022 Urgent Repair Program Assistance Policy is available for view here.

 

 

AMOUNT:  Initial award of $190,000 for work on 5 homes.  This program has a reservation system that allows the County to draw down more funds to support rehab of additional homes once additional funds are released by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

PURPOSE:  Proposed rehab of 5 low income homes (5 emergency repairs)

STATUS:  Currently four (4) homes are under contract; 1 in West End, 1 in Lakeview, 1 in Cameron, 1 in Southern Pines

TERM:  June 30, 2023

A copy of the 2020 Essential Single Family Rehab Assistance Policy is available for view here.

Archived

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $13

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $104,971

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $42

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 14 low income homes (14 emergency repairs)

TERM: Closed out on February 14, 2018

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $33

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $100,541

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $4,492

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 14 low income homes (14 emergency repairs)

TERM: Closed out on January 30, 2019

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $15

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $105, 015

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 14 low income homes (14 emergency repairs)

TERM: Closed out on February 1, 2020

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $13

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $103,729

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 11 low income homes (11 emergency repairs)

TERM:  Closed out of February 3, 2021

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $13

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $105,000

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 10 low income homes (10 emergency repairs)

TERM:  Closed out on February 14, 2022

AMOUNT AWARDED: Initial award of $175,000 for work on five homes.  This program has a reservation system that allows the County to draw down more funds to support rehab of additional homes once the first two have been completed and 60% of the original set aside of $175,000 has been drawn down.

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $209,937.00

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehabilitation of income eligible, owner occupied homes located in Moore County.

STATUS:  Six (6) homes received significant Rehabilitation under this program (1 in Cameron, 1 in West End, 1 in Aberdeen, 2 in Carthage, 1 in Southern Pines).

TERM:  Closed out as November 3, 2020

 

Moore County Community Development Staff strive to provide Moore County residents with education and guidance in helping their families by providing a healthy, safe and energy efficient environment.

"Mosquito Problems Start at Home": Everyone knows mosquito's can be bothersome not to mention carry diseases. Many places around your home may be causing mosquito problems, get rid of places where water collects and mosquitoes won't have a chance.

"The Biology and Control of Subterranean Termites": Termites are the major wood-destroying structural pests in the southern United States. In North Carolina, our main problem is with subterranean termites, e.g., termites that normally live below ground and may move up into a structure where they cause damage.

"Water Drainage Solutions": Standing water can be a big problem if it has nowhere to go. By improving water drainage away from your home you can protect the structure from potential future issues. There are several ways you can rediret water away from your home like, French Drains, dry wells and landscape improvements to name a few.

 A roof plays a major role in providing a home with good ventilation and preventing moisture from entering the home that can cause future damage. Regular inspections and simple home maintenance can help its longevity. By following our "Roofing Maintenance and Venting" guide you can help protect your home from future water and moisture issues.

"Improve your homes energy efficiency with Energy Star": Making your home energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling. ENERGY STAR can guide you in making your home more efficient--whether you do-it-yourself or hire a qualified professsional

 Lead-based paint was used in millions of homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create dust and endanger you and your family. Before doing renovation or repair work to your home you should read "The Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right".

"Kerosene Heater Safety": Using Kerosene Heat is a very common means to heat within your home here in Moore County; however a resident using Kerosene Heat during the cold  months should be aware of all the safe ways to use kerosene heat.

"Carbon Monoxide Indoors": Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, but dangerous gas. It is produced when a fuel such as natural gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned. Exposure to CO reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen. Fuel-burning appliances used indoors must be maintained, used properly and fully vented to the outdoors to prevent dangerous levels of CO.

Even if asbestos is in your home, this is usually not a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or a building is not hazardous. The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos may release asbestos fibers and become a health hazard. Before removing or repairing your home educate yourself and "Learn about Asbestos".

If you use a septic system, or if you are buying a home with a septic system, the"Septic System Owner's Guide" can help you be sure that your septic system is used and maintained properly. By proper maintenance and care your septic system can last you many years.

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