City of Chesapeake considers financial help for storm victims

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – There may be money on the way for people living in Chesapeake who suffered major losses from Hurricane Matthew.

The storm impacted Hampton Roads nearly a month ago, but many people are still cleaning up.

During a special called meeting Tuesday, city council will consider a proposed Hurricane Matthew Assistance Program.

Under the draft terms, residents who had properties that have been declared destroyed or majorly damaged could qualify for up to $2,000 in assistance.

If approved, the city would provide a total charitable contribution of $200,000 to the non-profit organization ForKids, Inc.

ForKids, Inc. is an organization that already assists residents with housing needs. The group would also be responsible for distributing the Hurricane Matthew assistance to eligible residents.

According to city spokesman Heath Covey, the number of properties destroyed or suffering major damage can increase, so there is extra money available. He told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings there is also a small provision for administrative costs. However, “at the end of the process, which is as yet undefined, there is a surplus remaining it will go back to the city.”

The meeting is scheduled for November 1 at 4:30 p.m.