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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Housing authority awarded $13K to buy household supplies for displaced families

Wilmington Housing Authority received $13,000 in grant from Walmart to buy needed household items for displaced families. (Port City Daily/file)

WILMINGTON — Another step in helping displaced families return to the comforts of living has been secured with the help of a retail giant.

More than 150 families are finally starting to move back into their Wilmington Housing Authority homes, after being temporarily housed in hotels or other apartments for more than a year.

Issues of mold-ridden units were exacerbated during the pandemic. Many lost their belongings to mold as well, as they were temporarily stored in non-climate-controlled Pods.

The WHA announced Monday, it secured four community grants from Walmart, totaling $13,000. The money will help supply household items to residents returning to remediated units. Thirty-two households have returned to units since July.

According to a press release, resources from the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, have allowed WHA to concentrate on a specific remediation effort that “will bring units online at a faster pace, in addition to improved day-to-day operations that are more closely monitored.”

The Walmart grants will assist with filling the gap of bedroom, bath and
kitchen supplies that need to be replaced.

Catch up on WHA coverage here.

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