WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A local group home that cares for the mentally ill is closing its doors on short notice.
Port South Village in Wilmington told residents they have to move by Friday.
According to New Hanover County's Department of Social Services, state officials recently surveyed the group homes and determined more than half of the residents are mentally ill.
The state has since classified the homes as institutes for the mentally ill as defined by federal law, therefore cutting their Medicaid funding.
WECT.com is told Marion and Rhonda Lockamy were reportedly operating the group homes and decided to shut down after the state notified them of their classification.
Residents did not want to go on camera with WECT, but did tell us they weren't given 30-day notice that they had to move. Some said they were told to start moving out on Wednesday and had to be completely moved by Friday.
According to DSS, the Lockamys are licensed through the state of North Carolina to run group homes. However, the state determined they do not have the proper equipment or facilities to house their residents because of their mental illnesses.
A spokesperson with DSS said any move is challenging, but this could be especially hard for those with mental illnesses.
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