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United Way connecting hurricane victims to resources

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The United Way and Beaufort County Human Services Association is looking to connect you with the resources you need for recovery. 

The organizations have a help line and are already seeing an influx of calls. The United Way says they were receiving about 40 calls a day before Hurricane Matthew, from people looking for assistance to prepare for the storm. Since then, they now get more than 80 calls a day from people looking for help with food, housing, and even insurance coverage. The hotline is a tool used to connect those in need with relief. 

“But now on top of the people who are in poverty and those individuals who have that one crisis, we also have individuals who have never reached out before. Those individuals who have damage to their home, their deductibles are $17, $18, $25 thousand dollars and they have absolutely no way to pay those deductibles and meet their regular monthly expenses," said Tina Gentry, President, United Way of the Lowcountry. 

The agencies plan to open at least three call centers: one in the northern part of the county, one in the southern part, and one on Hilton Head Island.

For info on getting assistance, that helpline number is 843-254-HELP (4357).

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