Real Households of New Hanover County tour showcases affordable homes

Real Households of New Hanover County tour showcases affordable homes

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - From 2-5 p.m. Saturday, the Cape Fear Housing Coalition is holding the second annual Real Households of New Hanover County tour.

Five affordable homes will be shown by a tour guide with snacks and drinks provided at each location. The homes are accessible to lower income members of the community.

The tour begins and ends at Waterline Brewing Company.

Jody Wainio, the vice chairperson of the tour, was on WECT's News Now Friday afternoon to discuss it.

"The goal of this event is to try to dispel the myths around affordable housing," Wainio said. "Everyone deserves a safe, clean and decent place to live. I think the perception for some in our area is that affordable housing means trashy, dirty, not so safe. These properties that we have on tour are some of the properties that nonprofits in our area have either built or are going to be under construction in the near future."

Wainio said a person earning minimum wage has to work 97 hours a week to afford rent for an average two-bedroom apartment in New Hanover County.

In Wilmington, 54.2 percent of renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

For more information on Saturday's tour, click here.

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