LRCOG News & Updates
Our Mission
"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
proactive in identifying local and regional needs and the resources to address
those needs in an effective and fair manner."
Lumber River Council of Governments' American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Information Hub

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Area Agency on Aging

Nutrition Program

Region N Nutrition Providers continue to serve the older adults in our region during this unprecedented time.
Bladen Division on Aging
LRCOG Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Robeson & Scotland Counties)
Richmond County Aging Services
Senior Services of Hoke County
Lumber River Workforce Development Board
Program Updates
The Lumber River Council of Governments Workforce Development Division provides services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth customers throughout Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties. The services provided through the (WIOA) program focus on training, career exploration, and employment assistance. The customer impact stories presented highlight services provided through the Lumber River Workforce Development Board programs.

For a complete listing of services and contact information please click links below.
Keyshaun Newkirk is a customer in the WIOA Adult Program served by Bladen Community College at the NCWorks Career Center – Bladen County. Keyshaun enrolled in the WIOA Program seeking assistance with enrolling into post-secondary training at Southeastern Community College and pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Through the WIOA program, Keyshaun received financial assistance and the support he needed to move forward with his training goals. Keyshaun worked diligently his first semester in college and was nominated for the 2021 Dallas Herring Achievement Award, to be given by the North Carolina Community College System. Through the WIOA program, Keyshaun received the support he needed to pursue his goals.
Marilyn Musslewhite is a WIOA Youth Program participant served by Bladen Community College. At the age of 16, Marilyn dropped out of high school. Marilyn enrolled in the College and Career Readiness program at Bladen Community College and the WIOA Youth Program. Marilyn began completing the high school equivalency program and earned her high school equivalency diploma on January 27, 2021.  After completing her high school equivalency diploma, Marilyn enrolled in post-secondary training at Bladen Community College where she is majoring in General Studies. Marilyn continues to do career assessments to help her decide what career field she wants to pursue. Marilyn also participates in pre-employment training to assist her with gaining employment. With assistance from the WIOA program, Marilyn has been able to overcome barriers and receive services that will assist in reaching her goals.
Governor Cooper Signs Three Executive Orders to Help Struggling North Carolinians and Boost Economy

Extensions of Executive Orders on evictions moratorium, processing unemployment benefits and to-go cocktails will continue to provide relief to families and economic support amid pandemic
To-Go Beverages Executive Order
Eviction Moratorium Executive Order
Processing of Unemployment Insurance Claims Executive Order
North Carolina has announced an accelerated timeline for moving to Groups 4 and 5 for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
The rest of Group 4 became eligible March 31. This includes additional essential workers and people living in other congregate settings such as student dormitories. Essential workers include frontline workers and workers who do not have to be in-person for work in an expanded range of sectors such as construction, energy, financial services and public works. A complete list is available here. All North Carolinians age 16 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated beginning on April 7.
Public Comments Requested

The State of North Carolina is seeking comments on the following documents:

These documents pertain to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding received by the State of North Carolina for the following programs:
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) including CDBG Coronavirus (CDBG-CV);
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) including ESG Coronavirus (ESG-CV);
  • HOME Investment Partnership (HOME);
  • National Housing Trust Fund (HTF); and
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) including HOPWA Coronavirus (HOPWA-CV).

The comment period for each document is open from March 29,2021 through April 29,2021. Written comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., April 29,2021 and may be made via email to, by fax to (919) 715-0096, or postal mailed to Valerie D. Moore, Attn: Public Comment, Rural Economic Development Division, NC Commerce, 4346 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4346. All mailed comments must be postmarked no later than April 29, 2021.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Vaccination Dashboard
North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub
North Carolina’s First Cybercrime Hotline

United Way of North Carolina and the Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) announce the launch of North Carolina’s first cybercrime support and recovery hotline. The new system allows North Carolina residents to dial 2-1-1 to report and find resources to recover from identity theft, financial fraud, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and other cybercrimes. This initiative was made possible through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant that was awarded by The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. Additional support for the project has been provided by the N.C. Department of Information Technology (NCDIT).
Floodplain Administrator "Virtual" Workshop

The first of a series of FPA 101 virtual courses will be held on 
April 28, 2021 from 8:30 AM – 12:30PM

Additional virtual classes will be offered on
May 26,2021, June 23,2021, July 28,2021, August 25,2021 and September 22, 2021

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Floodplain Management staff will provide virtual training that is geared towards local government employees responsible for floodplain management but who have little or no training and formal education in the field of floodplain management and/or the National Flood Insurance Program.
Workshop topics include the basic information any individual new to the position may need to effectively perform their floodplain administrative duties. Topics are a basic introduction to the field describing the Duties of a Floodplain Administrator, Preparing for a Community Assistance Visit (CAV), Available Training for FPAs, Basic Insurance Information, How to Access the New Flood Risk Information System (FRIS), Building Codes – How they contrast and compare with NFIP regulations and The Basic Tie-ins with Mitigation Planning & Projects Involving Floodplain Management.
USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Webinar

April 9, 2021 | 10:00 AM CST-12:00
April 13, 2021 | 10:00 AM CST-12:00

You are invited to join a Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program Grant Webinar hosted by the USDA Rural Development southern region.
The DLT Program assists rural communities utilize the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.
General Field Representatives will be providing information on the application process for the upcoming funding round.
Two session dates are being offered (providing the same content). Please register for the one session that fits within your schedule.

Funding Opportunities
Older Adult Homes Modification Program

The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control’s Older Adult Homes Modification NOFO has completed final OMB and OGC Approval and it is ready for publication approval.

The overall purpose of the Older Adult Home Modification Program (OAHMP) is to assist experienced nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income elderly homeowners. The goal of the home modification program is to enable low-income elderly persons to remain in their homes through low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications to reduce older adults’ risk of falling, improve general safety, increase accessibility, and to improve their functional abilities in their home. This will enable older adults to remain in their homes, that is, to “age in place,” rather than move to nursing homes or other assisted care facilities.
The 2021 AARP Community Challenge

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.
Community Grants Available

The North Carolina Community Foundation is honored to offer annual community grantmaking in communities across the state.

The following affiliates, funds and giving circles have grants available during March, April and May, the first cycle of NCCF's annual grants season, to nonprofit organizations serving the local community.

Suggested Read
Coates' Cannon
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Local Government Authority to Expend their Allocations
Authored by: Kara Millonzi

On March 11, 2021, the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) became law. There is still a lot to be deciphered in this $1.9 trillion stimulus package; the third such major relief act since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do know that the law includes substantial aid for state and local governments. With respect to local governments, some monies will be distributed directly to them (specifically, allocations to counties and municipalities with populations over 50,000). Other monies will be allocated to the State for distribution to qualifying local governments (all other municipalities). See Part 8, Subtitle M—Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds of H.R. 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The monies will be distributed in tranches, with the first payment made within 60 days’ of the law’s enactment. The second tranche will be distributed a year after the first. The monies may be used for costs incurred by December 31, 2024.
Coates' Cannon
The ARPA’s COBRA Subsidy Provisions: What You Might Not Know
Authored by: Diane Juffras

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) requires that from April 1through September 30, COBRA health insurance continuation coverage be provided free of charge to employees and their beneficiaries who lose health care coverage because the employees have been fired or because their hours have been reduced. Insurers (including self-insured employers) will receive tax credits for the amounts that they have foregone in premiums. Read on to understand why employers are not required to pay the cost of COBRA health insurance premiums during this time.

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