Is there an emergency need for housing in Carteret County NC after Hurricane Florence due to apartments and homes being either condemned due to damage or unhealthy mold conditions related to flooding and water damage? During and after the storm many social media groups were setup as ways for area residents to get centralized information out about the storm and to find information out about specific relief efforts in the community. In recent days, we are seeing lots of information about people writing to County commissioners and the Governor of NC about this situation so we figured we would try to get an assessment of what is going on.
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If you have information on the housing issue in Carteret County NC, please use the comment form at the end of this article to give us your insights.
Carteret County government responds to the housing situation at Crystal Coast Apartments HERE.
FEMA announced they are ready to start their Temporary Direct Housing (mobile trailers) program to directly help county residents currently homeless or in need of housing after the storm.
FEMA announced that travel trailers and manufactured homes are on the way for 10 NC counties including Carteret County NC.
“I was just in contact with the NC Legal Aid Disaster Recovery team”
If you were a resident of any complex that was closed due to the storm (ie. Beaufort Towne Apartments, Edenbridge, Crystal Coast Apartments) you can call the NC Legal Aid hotline at 1-866-219-5262. This will allow them to open up cases and look into allegations of illegal activities (such as illegal evictions after the hurricane).
10/17/2018 Update: We are seeing reports on social media that Crystal Coast Apartments residents now have NC Legal Aid working with them and that local government found a warehouse for residents (who have to be out today – Wednesday, October 17, 2018) to store their belongings. Still no official word if their housing will still be available to them after hurricane cleanup and repairs.
10/15/2018 Update: The NC Legislature allocated $33 million dollars specifically for emergency housing needs in local communities under the 2018 Hurricane Florence Recovery Act.
10/13/2018 Update: All residents of Crystal Coast Apartments received notice that they must leave their housing by October 17, 2018. The notice read:
“Unfortunately, in order to complete the repairs, it is required that all residents evacuate the premises as soon as possible. Repairs cannot and will not be completed while the units are occupied”
It is important to note that building inspectors with the Town of Morehead City did not make the determination that residents of these apartments must leave, the management company (Washington State based Cambridge Management which manages low income properties ) gave the directive.
FEMA officials are reportedly working with many residents of Crystal Coast Apartments to help find temporary housing and help with other needs. Many of the residents are appealing FEMA denials for assistance after Hurricane Florence once this announcement by the apartment complex was received.
10/12/2018 update: We understand that several residents are having problems with water damage and black mold in several units at Crystal Coast Apartments in Morehead City, NC. Several residents are noting that FEMA inspected all units after the storm but they have not heard back from the federal agency. Crystal Coast Apartments are located off Mayberry Loop Rd.
Ann Street United Methodist Church, 417 Ann St. in Beaufort, will host a housing fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018.
If you are someone that is currently not living in their primary home due to it being condemned, not condemned but unsafe to live in due to damage or mold infestation, please let us know what is going on and local efforts to address this situation.
If you have reached out to area officials with FEMA, the Department of Social Services, county commissioners, state representatives, or the Governor, let us know what they are telling you about this situation.
Does it appear that this situation is widespread and affecting lots of Carteret County residents and families? As of October 3rd, 2018 when this article was written, does the county, state, or FEMA officials still have any shelters open for people displaced by the storm?
If you are someone who was living in an apartment complex, duplex, or other housing situation where you were asked to leave due to some condition, how long are the people that manage these properties saying that you have to leave for?
Are there actual legal evictions taking place in an effort to get area residents out of unsafe or condemned properties? Are there situations where properties were damaged by the hurricane and the property owners are not rebuilding resulting in many people being effectively homeless?