NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Local governments and nonprofits are joining forces to help residents who have been relocated from Wilmington Housing Authority properties.
Last fall, WHQR reported in its investigative series the many issues facing the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA), including the pervasive mold that has spread to many of its properties – Creekwood, Woodbridge, Houston Moore , among others. Indeed, this has led to the displacement of more than 150 families while the authority works to clean up its homes.
The problems date back at least to 2018’s Hurricane Florence, according to the NPR affiliate, when some residents began complaining of mold. The authority took action last year and moved its tenants to hotels or corporate apartments in the meantime. Many tenants’ belongings were stored in PODS at the front of apartment buildings or in facilities without air conditioning, where mold continued to grow in the summer heat.
“As we work diligently to bring these families back to our community into permanent homes, we are asking the community to help provide them with the necessary furniture to replace what has been destroyed by the mold,” said Linda Thompson, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, in a statement. county sent Friday.
New Hanover County, Wilmington Housing Authority, City of Wilmington, Good Shepherd Center, Leading into New Communities (LINC) and the Resilience Task Force are hosting a community campaign for families.
Donations of new or used furniture and some household items can be dropped off at the Old Town Fire Station at 3933 Princess Place Dr.
Financial contributions can be made here to the non-profit housing authority association.
“WHA says it’s hard to get a precise figure – but total remediation costs could be in the millions,” WHQR reported in November. By December, the outlet estimated it was an over $8 million crisis, affecting only 111 residents at the time. That number has since grown to more than 150.
Donations of gently used or new items will be accepted Wednesday, February 23, 1-7 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. times will be determined in the coming weeks and will be posted on Diversity.NHCgov.com.
Lightly used or new items accepted:
- coffee table
- End tables
- The couches
- Dining tables
- Dining chairs
- bed frames
- chests of drawers
- Washing up
- Kitchen and baking utensils
- Cups and glasses
- Pots and pans
- Baking molds
- Small appliances (coffee makers, microwaves, etc.)
New items accepted:
- Bedding (new sheets, comforters, blankets, etc. – all sizes)
- Mattresses (all sizes)
- cleaning supplies
- Paper items (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
*Clothing, decor, carpets, electronics, major appliances and toys, as well as furniture that is broken, torn, badly stained, damaged by pets or has an unpleasant odor cannot be accepted.
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