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Crime not tolerated in Wilmington public housing

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Officers tape off a courtyard at Houston Moore after a shooting in February. Officers tape off a courtyard at Houston Moore after a shooting in February.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Crime may not pay and in the City of Wilmington it does not have a place to stay either.

Nearly 20 families or individuals have been evicted from Wilmington Housing Authority apartments for criminal activity in the last several months, according to board chairman Jeff Hovis.

He said an increased police presence around the properties is partly responsible in improving neighborhoods compared to a year ago.

"You will see that the criminal element is moving off our property," said Hovis.

A typical eviction from policy violations offers a tenant the ability to appeal and 30 days to leave. The time frame is shortened to two weeks for criminal activity like drug or weapons charges, according to Hovis.

"We don't benefit from eviction," he said.

In fact, it costs the housing authority roughly $3,000 to prepare the average apartment for the next family. Hovis added that there is some positive that comes from the evictions.

"We want to get families in here that need this," Hovis said. "There's thousands of people on the waiting list."

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