NC hurricane shelters close; next step is permanent housing

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - Officials say the last of 100 emergency shelters that housed victims of Hurricane Matthew has closed.

But that doesn't mean everyone is back in their homes. Many are living in hotels or with friends and family.

The Fayetteville Observer reports  Gov. Pat McCrory's Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee held its first regional meeting Tuesday in Lumberton, a city hard-hit by the October hurricane. Among the issues is permanent housing for hurricane victims.

Officials say more than a quarter of the 71,000 people who have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are from Robeson County, where Lumberton is located.

The committee chairman says the General Assembly is expected to meet in December to consider legislation that would free some of the $1.6 billion the state holds in reserve.

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