WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Lynn Miller hasn’t lived in a permanent home for six months. She’s been staying at the Mainstay Suites for the last four months thanks to FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Program.
With nowhere to go, Miller received a notice that she needed to be out of the hotel by 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“I don’t have an address. I don’t have anywhere to go,” Miller said.
Hurricane Florence and a tornado that touched down during the storm left her home uninhabitable, moldy and with gaping holes in the roof. She managed to buy a trailer but it also had mold, a water leak, and wood rot in the floor.
During the hurricane, Miller broke her leg and was sent to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she stayed for a month, and she has been in a wheelchair ever since.
After her stint in the hospital, Miller rehabbed for two months before she and her two service dogs found a place to stay at Mainstay Suites.
Fast forward to Wednesday, and Miller was in a state of panic two hours before she was forced to check out.
Miller said she reached out to FEMA, officials with NC’s STEP program, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, Congressman David Rouzer’s office, and officials with the state’s emergency management individual assistance program.
“Come 10 o’clock this morning, I still hadn’t heard anything from anyone," Miller said. “The hotel had not heard anything so at this point, I’m really panicking because it’s game time. It’s two hours away. I have to be out."
Forty minutes later, Miller was notified that she would be able to stay at the hotel for another 10 days.
Miller is now trying to tie up loose ends and figure out what her next steps are.
“I now have a little more time to work on establishing a permanent or temporary plan until STEP can come in and repair my house,” Miller said.
Until then, Miller continues to find help and figure out where her next home will be.