Source: Press Release

Governor Cooper announced today that the federal government approved his request to provide housing alternatives to at-risk populations in North Carolina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the request which makes available hotels, motels, and dormitories available to North Carolinians who have unstable housing or are at high risk for illness related to COVID-19, according to the governor’s press release.

“These types of alternatives will help people who have no other safe options to self-isolate or social distance while we slow the spread of this virus,” Governor Cooper said in the press release.

More than 16,500 units of housing will be used for various groups, including those who test positive for COVID-19 and need to be isolated, those who need to quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19, and those who need to socially distance as a precaution because of underlying health conditions.

According to the press release, the federal government will pay 75 percent of the associated costs with North Carolina picking up the final 25 percent. 

Governor Cooper’s aggressive and early action has paid dividends for the state. Director of Emergency Management Michael Sprayberry attributed the state’s success in securing more federal assistance than other states to the fact that those requests were put in early.

Read the full press release and learn how facilities that may be able to help can contact the state.