NAACP talks insurance claims at town hall

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The NAACP held at town hall meeting at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City Thursday to inform people in the area about using insurance and other methods to repair their homes.

Bay County NAACP Vice President Dinah Crayton said people have trouble trusting contractors and insurance companies. So the meeting focused on insurance claims and other ways for people to repair their homes.

Crayton also said the people attending Thursday's meeting have had a hard time finding money to fix their homes.

"Where do they fit in the equation," said Crayton. "So the concern, obviously, is they don’t wanna get stuck with no financing."

During the meeting, contractors, insurance adjusters, and others informed residents on ways to find the money and how insurance and contractors work together to fix their homes. "We are trying to as a collective community try to see how we can meet the needs of those individuals," said Crayton.

People at the meeting also mentioned how tough it is figuring out who to trust with repairing their home.

"When you have a contractor coming in, make sure they’re reputable," said Mina Robinson, Central Florida Representative for the National Association for Black Women in Construction. "Call your local and city municipalities to ask for recommendations."

Representatives from FEMA also attended and registered people for assistance.