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Hurricane Matthew recovery meeting held on HHI

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is holding four town hall meetings this week to present its Hurricane Matthew action plan and obtain public feedback.

The action plan is simply the outline of how the department will help the state recover from Hurricane Matthew. The department is in charge of allocating $65 million to 24 counties impacted by the storm, including Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties. 

The action plan looks at several different things such as unmet needs, funding priorities, and distribution.

When an emergency declaration was issued for South Carolina, 26 counties were designated for FEMA public assistance, and 24 for individual assistance. However, only one in five people actually received any aid from FEMA, so the Department of Housing and Urban Development has given the agency the money to cover those unmet needs with a few stipulations, like at least 80 percent of the money going directly to Marion County for needs that still need to be met there.

Right now, the department is planning to distribute funds based on needs of low to moderate-income families, preventing blight, and meeting urgent housing needs for the disabled, elderly, and children.

This meeting gives them a chance to collect public input and make changes before the action plan is submitted to HUD by the end of this month.

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