WHAT’S NEXT?: Housing authority is plagued by mold complaints from residents and has lost its leaders. What can be done to fix the mess?
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Mold issues in the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) dating back to Hurricane Florence in 2018 were ignored for years. Now, nearly 80 families — hundreds of residents — have been displaced, and the authority is in a tailspin.
Costs just to house those families, stuck in hotel rooms around the city for months and months, are soaring. Meanwhile, the authority has barely even started the remediation work — and that’s just for the units they know about.
It’s unclear how widespread the mold problem really is, but it’s likely worse than WHA is currently willing to admit.
On top of that, WHA’s administration was gutted by restructuring and resignations, including that of former CEO Katrina Redmon over the summer. Months later, those key leadership positions are still empty.
Editor’s note: The following articles are written by WECT News Partner WHQR as part of its investigation into the Wilmington Housing Authority.
Regardless of which path WHA takes, it will be a long while before displaced residents are back in their homes, and residents living with untested mold infestations are able to get the remediation they need. Years of neglect guaranteed that.
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