Urgent Repair Program Notice of Funds Available

Urgent Repair Program
Notice of Funds Available

Issued December 2, 2019

I am pleased to announce that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (the Agency) proposes to make a total of $4.5 million available for the 2020 Urgent Repair Program (URP20).  Program funding enables recipient organizations to provide deferred, forgiven loans of up to $10,000 for emergency home repairs and modifications to very low-income owner-occupied homes.  Eligible households are those with one or more full time household members with special needs (e.g., elderly, disabled, and/or Veteran full time household members or a child 6 years of age or under living in the home with lead hazards).  Household incomes cannot exceed 50% of area median income.

Nonprofit organizations, local governments and regional councils of government with the technical capacity to manage residential construction projects are eligible to apply.  Eligible applicants must cover service areas with a population of 5,000 or greater.

The maximum funding amount is $200,000 for projects serving two or more counties in their entirety, and $100,000 for projects serving a single county.  The maximum funding for large CDBG Entitlement Cities is $50,000.

Potential applicants are encouraged to register for the URP20 Application Guideline Webinar, which will be presented on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  You can register for the URP20 Application Guideline Webinar by clicking the following link: URP20 Application Webinar.  Please register for the Webinar no later than 3:00 PM, December 9, 2019.

Application forms and guidelines will be available on the Agency’s website at www.nchfa.com after December 2, 2019.  Completed applications must be received at the Agency by 5:00 PM January 27, 2020.  For more information, please call Mike Handley, 919-877-5627, Chuck Dopler, 919-981-5008, Donna Coleman, 919-981-5006, Kim Hargrove, 919-877-5682, or Dan McFarland, 919-875-3753.

Sonia B. Joyner
Director of Home Ownership Programs
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

ECC-AAA Family Caregiver Support Program Providers Receive a Gift

Eastern Carolina Council Pet Therapy

ECC-AAA Family Caregiver Support Program Providers Receive a Gift

ECC-AAA met with the Family Caregiver Specialists throughout the region in October to present them with a gift in honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month (November 2019.) ECC-AAA provided each county provider with a “Joy for All Companion Pet” to assist caregivers to calm their loved one’s anxiety, improve communication, increase social engagement, decrease loneliness, and provide a better quality of life! Providers who received their Companion Pet will be educating caregivers and professionals on the benefits of a Joy for All Companion Pet which will provide them a new technological tool to assist in their day to day caregiving role.

A Joy for All Companion Pet has the possibility to help in the following ways:

  • Delivers an innovative approach that increases meaningful interactions between care recipients and family members
  • Facilitate intergenerational connection
  • Stimulate conversation and communication in withdrawn individuals
  • Calms anxiety and sooths those who are agitated
    • Increase quality of life for those with dementia or who are socially isolated
    • Can improve behavior without the use of drugs

















#4 Resolving Concerns through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Resolving Concerns through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Long-term Care Ombudsman Program focuses on educating the community on issues effecting LTC residents. In January 2019, Eric Carlson through Justice in Aging, released the guide 25 Common Nursing Home Problems & How to Resolve Them. This guide compares common misinterpretations or practices with the clear statement of the relevant law. Each month, the Region P Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program will review a problem discussed in the guide. This month, we will look at the issue of providing necessary services.

Problem #4: Failing to Provide Necessary Services

WHAT YOU HEAR:                                                                  THE FACTS:

“WE DON’T HAVE                                                            A NURSING HOME MUST PROVIDE


YOUR OWN PRIVATE-DUTY AIDE.                      

Each nursing home must provide the care necessary for a resident to reach the highest practicable level of functioning. A nursing home violates that requirement by expecting or encouraging the hiring of private-duty aides to cover for the nursing home’s inadequacies.


The resident or family member should make clear that the nursing home has the legal responsibility to provide necessary care, and that a claimed shortage of staff or money is no excuse. The specific request should be made in writing to the nursing home’s Grievance Official with supporting documentation, such as a doctor’s order, assessment or the resident’s care plan.

If the nursing home continues to deny necessary care, a complaint can be made to the state inspection agency (NC Division of Health Service Regulation, 1-800-624-3004). Other options include raising the issue at a resident or family council meeting, seeking assistance from the Ombudsman Program or consulting with an attorney.                                                                                               



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