Rebuilding Ocracoke

Together we are Ocracoke Strong

Project Overview

October 2020, OIRRT began a joint reconstruction program funded through an $850,000 grant held by Hyde County. This funding is managed and administered by OIRRT.  Our primary volunteer teams hail from Christian Aid Ministries. Through this portion of the program, we have completed five "scratch-built homes," completely new structures to replace homes demolished post-Dorian. OIRRT has also committed to eleven major reconstructions of already existing structures through this funding. 

January 2021 Operation Blessing granted $104,893 directly to OIRRT to further our reconstruction effort on Ocracoke Island. This funding will be used to serve a minimum of six families. 

February 2021, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance committed $85,107 for unmet reconstruction needs. These funds have been fully committed to seven families. 

April 2021, the Outer Banks Community Foundation committed $102,692 from their Long Term Recovery Grant Program and $23,452.67 through the Red Cross to support our reconstruction effort. These funds have been fully committed to six families. View their announcement here. 

In June 2021, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh committed $40,000 to our Dorian Reconstruction. These funds have been fully committed to three families. 

November 2021,  Hyde County was granted permission by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management to direct an additional $420,000 into the joint Dorian reconstruction project. This funding is managed and administered by OIRRT. 

March 2022, The following grants reconstruction grants have been completed and closed out: Red Cross via OBCFCatholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, and Operation Blessing. Click on the name of each grant for information regarding how funding was dispersed. 

OIRRT has taken over and completed multiple unfinished and unbegun reconstruction projects  from UMCOR, which dissolved its Ocracoke center in 2020.

December 2022, OIRRT brings its reconstruction program to a close, having rebuilt thirty homes in our community. 

Video Progress of Scratch-Built Home #3

Gallery of
Completed Scratch-Built Homes

First Scratch-Built Home

This project concluded January 22 2021

please enjoy a timeline of progress

The empty lot, photographed 10/22/2020

Foundation and walls begun 10/24/2021

Home roughed in by 11/11/2021

Siding and painting completed 01/08/2021

Handicap ramp as of 01/08/2021

Interior work as of 01/08/2021

Completed interior as of 01/21/2021

Completed interior as of 01/21/2021

Completed interior as of 01/21/2021

Exterior of Completed Home


Second Scratch-Built Home

This project was completed February 22nd 2021

Foundation begun 11/11/2020

House roughed in 11/16/2020

Walls completed 11/20/2020

Siding on 01/08/2021

Interior, living room 01/14/2021

Interior, bedroom 01/14/2021

Interior, kitchen 01/28/2021

Interior, living room 01/28/2021

Interior, living room 02/04/2021

Interior, bedroom 02/04/2021

Interior, bedroom 02/11/2021

Interior, kitchen 02/11/2021

Interior, bathroom 02/11/2021

Interior, kitchen 02/18/2021

Exterior of Completed Home


Progress of Third Scratch-Built Home

This project began late February 2021 and was completed in late April 2021.

Pilings pumped 01/28/2021

Foundation 02/04/2021

Trusses installed 02/08/2021

Roughed in 02/11/2021

Roughed in 02/11/2021

Roof completed 02/15/2021

Siding started, decks completed 02/18/2021

Siding Continues, interior work beginning 02/22/2021

Exterior, painting started

Interior, drywall up

Interior 03/11/2021

Exterior 3/18/2021

Living Room 3/18/2021

Kitchen 3/18/2021

Kitchen 4/1/2021

Kitchen 4/15/2021

Progress of Fourth Scratch-Built Home

This project began early March 2021 and is was completed May 2021.

Pilings pumped 02/04/2021

Materials Delivered 02/11/2021

Walls erected 02/15/2021

Walls completed, roof started 02/18/2021

Roof near completion, deck started 02/22/2021

Exterior, decks finished. Siding started.

Interior, 03/04/2021

Exterior, 03/11/2021

Interior, 03/11/2021

Interior, 3/18/2021

Interior, 3/25/2021

Interior, 4/1/2021

Kitchen, 4/8/2021

Master Bedroom, 4/15/2021

Kitchen, 4/29/2021

Progress of Fifth Scratch-Built Home

This project began late March 2021 and was completed in early July 2021.

This is the final scratch-built home in our current reconstruction project.

Exterior, 3/18/2021

Exterior, 3/18/2021

Exterior, 3/25/2021

Exterior, 4/1/2021

Living Room, 4/8/2021

Bathroom, 4/8/2021

Living Room, 4/15/2021

Exterior, 4/29/2021

Living Room, 4/29/2021 

Bathroom, 4/29/2021