Up & Coming Weekly

October 02, 2018

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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OCTOBER 3-9, 2018 UCW 47 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM CUMBERLAND E ligible households currently not receiving food and nutrition benefits and that have experienced a loss as a result of Hurricane Florence may qualify for Disaster Food and Nutrition Benefits. ese benefits are available through Saturday. Residents may qualify for assistance for a one-month period if their home was damaged or destroyed or they have disaster-related expenses, or they lost income or had food loss because of a power outage or household flooding resulting from Hurricane Florence. Eligibility is based on available income and resources. Residents currently receiving food stamp benefits, including those requesting replacement benefits, are not eligible for this disaster program. However, they may apply for replacement benefits until Oct. 15 at the Department of Social Services during normal business hours. Applications for disaster benefits will be taken at the Department of Social Services building, 1225 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, through Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Applicants who are age 60 or older or are disabled with mobility issues can go to St. Luke AME Church at 522 Hillsboro St., Fayetteville. Hours are the same as the DSS location. Disaster Food Benefits Available Through October 6 T here are resources to help Hurricane Florence victims recover. e State of North Carolina and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St., that will operate seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. e center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in the counties included in the North Carolina major disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state and other interests will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance BEFORE visiting a recovery center. Register the following ways: • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov. • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). • Use the FEMA app for Apple and Android mobile devices at fema.gov/mobile-app. • Text DRC and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard message and data rates apply. When registering, this information is helpful: • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address). • Current mailing address and telephone number. • Insurance information. • Total household annual income. • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows direct transfer of funds into a bank account). • Description of disaster-caused damage and losses. Federal disaster assistance is primarily available for those who have serious damage to their homes and businesses directly related to the storm. Individuals will not be able to apply for FEMA assistance in replacing food lost during the storm. Disaster Recovery Center Opens to Help Hurricane Florence Victims Recover D uring the month of October, the Cumberland County Public Library is accepting donations of pet supplies for animals that are sheltered at Animal Control. Donations can be dropped off at any the library's eight locations. p e t s u p p l y d r i v e Pet food (dog, cat, puppy & kitten) Potty pads Shredded paper Cat litter Flea-control products Pet shampoo & conditioner Newspaper (slick ads removed) Paper towels Trash bags Dawn dish soap Hand sanitizer Puppy & kitten formula or nursing bottles Pet nail clippers Gently used blankets or towels Dog collars and leashes Donations may include More info at cumberland.lib.nc.us. October 11 at 5:15 p.m. Steps of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse 117 Dick Street, Fayetteville domestic violence vigil A candlelight vigil to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention. News for Cumberland County Residents co.cumberland.nc.us Cumberland Matters

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