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FEMA struggles to find housing for Hurricane Matthew victims

Posted November 1, 2016

— Three weeks after Hurricane Matthew tore through North Carolina, three shelters remain open, including one in Goldsboro.

As of Tuesday, about 250 people remained in shelters across the state following the storm, according to FEMA.

Teresa King and her 17-year-old son have been staying at the School Street Learning Center for three weeks.

"All of us who are still here really want to get out of here," she said. "I can't take it no more. It's just too much."

A FEMA representative came by Tuesday to help King and the others who have called the shelter home since Matthew, but a manager said it has not been easy finding housing.

Deborah Roberson, her husband and brother have been living in a shelter since the flood waters destroyed their home. The family was renting the home and did not have flood insurance. They lost everything.

This week, Roberson and her family finally found a new place to rent.

"FEMA gave me some money so it's alright though. I'm going to find me somewhere to stay so it's alright," she said.

Officials were working through different options in an effort to house the remaining families as soon as possible. Mobile homes could possibly be brought in to help.


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