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 Administrative Assistant Stephanie Cormack 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 & Transportation 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

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

STATUS:  Homes are currently being assessed.

TERM: December 31, 2019

A copy of the 2018 Urgent Repair Program Assistance Policy is available for view here.

AMOUNT:  $100,000

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

STATUS:  Currently ten (10) homes have been assisted and four (4) are under contract.

TERM: December 31, 2018

A copy of the 2017 Urgent Repair Program Assistance Policy is available for view here.

AMOUNT:  $175,000

PURPOSE:  Proposed rehab of 5 low income homes

STATUS:  Currently four (4) homes are under contract and one (1) pending approval

TERM:  June 30, 2020

A copy of the 2017 Essential Single Family Rehab Program Assistance Policy is available for view here.

Archived

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $80,000 (includes $5,000 local match)

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $77,337

AMOUNT RETURNED:  $3,175

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 16 low income homes (16 emergency repairs)

TERM:  Closed out on October 28, 2011

AMOUNT:  $75,000 (plus $5,000 local match)

PURPOSE:  Proposed rehab of 13 low income homes (13 emergency repairs)

STATUS:  The application for funding was not approved

TERM:  N/A

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $75,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account; interest earned $324

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $79,950

AMOUNT RETURNED:  $374

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

TERM:  Closed out on February 7, 2014

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $75,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $209

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $80,209

AMOUNT RETURNED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 15 low income homes (15 emergency repairs)

STATUS:  Work is complete on fourteen homes under this program.  Two additional homeowners requested no work to be performed on their home after approving work to be done on their homes, the work was bid, and contracts and loan agreements were signed by all parties (including the homeowners).

TERM:  Closed out on January 29, 2015

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

PURPOSE:  Proposed rehab of 13 low income homes (13 emergency repairs)

STATUS:  The application for funding was not approved

TERM:  N/A

 

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $100,000 (plus $5,000 local match) interest bearing account, interest earned $10

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $105,010

AMOUNT RETURNED:  $0

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

TERM: Closed out of January 30, 2016

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

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $104,971

AMOUNT RETURNED:  $42

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

TERM: Closed out of February 14, 2018

AMOUNT AWARDED:  Initial award of $160,000 for work on three 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 2 have been completed and 60% of the original set aside of $160,000 has been drawn down.

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $366,974

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehabilitation of income eligible, owner occupied homes located in Moore County.  Program standards include an energy efficiency standard and all home served under this program must pass a pre/post blower door test.

STATUS:  Seven homes received significant rehabilitation under this program.

TERM:  Closed out as of June 30th, 2014

AMOUNT AWARDED:  The County was awarded an initial set aside of $170,000 to complete up to three units.  This program has a reservation system that allows the County to draw down more funds to support rehab of additional homes once the first 2 have been completed.

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $438,205

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Rehabilitation of income eligible, owner occupied homes located in Moore County.  Program standards include an energy efficiency standard and all homes served under this program must pass a pre/post blower door test.

STATUS:  Eight homes (5 in Southern Pines, 1 in Aberdeen, 1 in Taylortown, 1 in West End) have been served and completed under this program. 

TERM:  Closed out as of August 9, 2017

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $400,000

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $382,323.91

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED; $17,676.09

PURPOSE:  Rehab of 16 low-income homes (7significant rehab, 9 emergency repairs).

TERM:  Closed out on April 22, 2012

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $500,000

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $500,000

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Proposed significant rehab of 8 homes. 

STATUS:  Nine homes were substantially rehabbed under this program.

TERM:  Closed out on October 15, 2013

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $225,000

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $221,140.39

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $3,859.61

PURPOSE:  Significant rehab of at least 4 low income homes.

STATUS:  Work on five homes (2 in Southern Pines, 1 in Aberdeen, 1 in West End, 1 in Taylortown) under this program are now complete.

TERM:  Closeout on Arpil 19, 2016

IDA programs teach first time home buyers critical skills for budgeting and making a first time home purchase decision.  Comprised of a series of courses, this program focuses on home ownership as a critical piece of an asset-building strategy for home buyers.  The program provides monetary down payment incentives to qualifying participants whom develop a savings plan and stick to it.  The IDA program is implemented by Northern Moore Family Resource Center (the Center) and is open to any qualifying participants interested in purchasing a home in the northern Moore County area.  Those interested should contact the Center directly at 910-948-4324.

The IDA program is supported by the following Community Development Block grants:

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $75,000

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $74,989.44

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $10.56

PURPOSE:  Built the capacity of a nonprofit partner (Northern Moore Family Resource Center) to develop and administer an Individual Development Account Program.

TERM:  Closed out on January 17, 2012

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $70,000 (includes $30,000 local match split evenly between the Center and the County).

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $50,000 (includes local match split evenly between the Center and the County).

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $50,000 (includes local match split evenly between the Center and the County).

PURPOSE:  To educate first time low income home buyers in the fundamentals of home ownership as a key piece of asset building.

TERM:  Closed out on September 16, 2014

AMOUNT:  $55,000

PURPOSE:  Complements the homeowner education efforts of the Center through partnerships with housing agencies serving Moore County’s low income residents.

TERM:  Application approved for submission by the Board of Commissioners on November 20, 2012.  Application submitted to the Division of Community Assistance on November 27, 2012.  On July 10, 2013 the County was informed it would not be receiving funds under this program.

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $83,300

AMOUTN EXPENDED:  $83,290.39

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $9.61

PURPOSE:  Supported the rehab work accomplished under Scattered Site Housing 2009.

TERM:  Expired as of November 30, 2011

AMOUNT AWARDED:  $30,000

AMOUNT EXPENDED:  $30,000

AMOUNT DEOBLIGATED:  $0

PURPOSE:  Helped with the startup cost of Sandhills Farm to Table, a local company connecting local farmers with local consumers.

TERM:  Expired

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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