Housing project opens as worker pay issues continue
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Brooklyn Homes at Robert Taylor Estates in Wilmington is now home to dozens of low income families. But the completion of this project was not problem free. Earlier this year several construction workers contacted WWAY saying they were not being paid in full.

The Wilmington Housing Authority says it is just glad the construction of this complex has come to an end. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor has been looking into allegations against a subcontractor on the project.

Monday local and state officials celebrated the opening of the 48 apartments; along with family members of Dr. Robert Taylor, who was a Wilmington native and the first African-American to attend MIT.

"That speaks volumes how somebody from Wilmington, NC, can make a difference," Taylor's great grandniece Beryl Anderson said. "Wilmington could spread its wings and fly."

The Housing Authority says the new complex, just like any other construction project ran into some problems. Dozens of workers said they were not paid in full or paid at all. When we first heard of these allegations in March, we followed the money trail to sub-contractor Robert Miller and his company NC Contracting out of Cary.

WHA CEO Michael Krause says they helped guide the unpaid workers to proper agency, but that there was little else the housing authority could do.

"It's really outside of the hands of the Wilmington Housing Authority. We were never really involved," he said. "The Department of Labor is conducting a investigation against the sub-contractor."

According to the state Department of Labor, that investigation has been closed after the two complainants finally got their money.

Miller did tell WWAY back in March that he would pay every employee in the coming weeks. Comments on our website, though, say some workers are still waiting for their money.

The Department of Labor says Miller has had other employees file a complaint against him; two in 2003 and one in 2004.

Anyone who has not been paid by Miller or any other company is urged to file a complaint with Department of Labor.

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Jealousy.......Yes I have three kids and I don't work. I drive a 2009 E-class Mercedes. Yes, it will be parked right in front of my new condo. I am sending this comment with my brand new 25 inch touch screen hp computer. While I am watching Jerry springer in 3d on my 50 inch 3d led tv. All yall are haters...........

...Proud to defend a greedy and slimy lifestyle choice! There's no jealousy here, just sadness that you defend the old adage, "get you your own project, you old 'nuff".

Yeah, grab all the freebies you can, while living among other entitlement and advantage seeking, able-bodied, non-working 4th and 5th Generation project dwellers!

Watch all the Idiot Box you want... they sell for a dime a dozen, so BIG DEAL, but...Tune into Fox and maybe you will learn...

You SURE haven't come a long way, Baby!

They look nice inside. I wish my apartment looked like that when I busted my butt at UNCW for six years.

If you're poor, there is nothing in the world that you should want for. This is the only country in the world where poor people drive cars, have cellular phones, free medical, free food, and in many cases, have a ton of disposable income with which to buy 3D-HD televisions, computers, of course, cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs.

In this case, poor people DESERVE the latest apartments that rival condos on the beach. God forbid we didn't give them the latest stainless steel appliances. God forbid they ever have to say, "Gee, this being poor really stinks."

After all, then they might have an incentive to get out there and make themselves "un-poor," but why bother when you're having everything given to you in return for your vote?

Who knew that the biggest threat wasn't the Soviet Union, but the Democratic Party?

While my brother still goes unpaid for his work on this heap, and is still scraping and scratching to pay his bills......the welfare mongers move in and celebrate free/reduced housing? This world, and this country have truly taken a turn for the worse when we fail to provide those willing to work with a decent wage, while those whom refuse to work are rewarded with free/reduced housing costs. Absolutely twisted world.

on the evening news?

The interior shots were quick and passing. But, if I was not mistaken, the kitchen appliances were stainless steel. Take a trip to Lowes and view the cost differential between normal appliances and stainless steel.

And these are subsidized housing?

HELP ME UNDERSTAND.....................PLEASE
It is my understanding that the THIRTY-ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR project now offers FORTY-EIGHT units for LOW income families.
OK... we ALL need AFFORDABLE housing.
Do the math.... $31,000,000 / 48 units = $6458,333.33
AGAIN
Do the math.... $31,000,000 / 48 units = $6458,333.33
FORTY-EIGHT units... so, what if they are GREEN... the earth will crumble and fall before the GREEN pays for the 48 units.
With THIRTY-ONE MILLION DOLLARS bet I could have built 400+ units. I WAS A BUILDING CONTRACTOR FOR17 YEARS!
WHO, makes these decisions??? Politicians with there fingers in the pot.
We NEED ... We MUST have... COMMON SENSE when deciding how to spend the tax payers money... this project was obviously decided by SOMETHING other than COMMON SENSE!

JUST SAYIN'

OOPS...

That is $645,833.33 per unit..... BUT ... you see what I was saying....that is WAY tooooooooooooooo much to pay for a single unit for subsidized housing.

the ABC stores around here cost way too much to build. The Billy Williams school of accounting.

Granny, The cost per unit is $645,833.33, not 6.45Million! But, you sure did get my attention!!! All this money spent and builders haven't been paid in full. I wonder where it all went.

And the people that are living in these public houses need to have a job. If they don't have verifiable 40 hour a week employment, they need to be working in the community. Landscaping, painting, heating & AC, plumbing, electrical and basic carpentry. Then maybe they won't destroy it because they know they will have to repair it. They will also be gaining job training to possibly lead to better employment opportunities and the chance to move off the government dime.

Who am I kidding? We will just pump money into there just like all other projects and watch it get destroyed.

will the drug trade become resident? How soon will the parking lot be flowing with high value vehicles? How soon will Mothers be commenting about their good hearted, but wayward son who was shot or arrested in a drug transaction?

When will WHA get off its keister and begin to enforce some reasonable standards?

AS you noted, if the resident is physically and mentally able to work, and is not employed, put them to work on the grounds, maintaining the buildings, janitorial work and so forth. And while they are at it, how about confirmning who actually resides within each of the units?

You cant possibly work because you are on here 24/7..believe it or not, but there are people who are under the poverty level who have good credit and can purchase new cars with low payments..People like you who stereotype the poor community is the reason this country is so screwed up..always grumbling but never offering a solution..you seem to know a lot about what kind of cars the people who live in the projects drive..sound like you visit the projects a lot..a lot of the crime and drugs in the projects exist because WHITE people come there and buy their drugs and leave..its not black on black drugs so much but whites sneaking around in black neighborhoods that have a lot to do with why black neighborhoods cant flourish..if you have a product that no one is buying then what happens..you stop selling..Economics 101..GET OUT THE BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS THEN MAYBE BLACK PEOPLE WILL HAVE A CHANCE!!

Bring it on!!

Toms post brings the "black and white" to light for you (and we're not talking skin color). In addition, your post blames your socio-economic status, living conditions and your neccessity to deal illegal drugs on others, in particular, the white man. You and others like you will never overcome that status until for one: You get off your lazy pudendums and DO something besides TAKE, two: Start supporting yourselves, your family and three: Get off of the government provided Gravy Train! I push my representatives hard, every chance I get to make it a requirement for you entitlement recipients to submit to regular, random, zero-tolerance drug testing for you to remain eligible for my tax money. As Tom said, we have to pass drug tests to to earn the money that gets paid out to you. YOU should be required to do the same to receive it. And I'll push for that until I'm dead.
As I've stated many times, I don't have a problem with my tax money being used to help the truly poor and unfortunate to get back on their feet. I DO have a problem with my tax money being spent on the capable yet lazy and irresponsible to sit on their duffs for a lifetime, deal drugs and teach their offspring to continue the same. I don't appreciate seeing someone in front of me in the grocery line buying filet mignon and lobster with food stamps, put it in the trunk of their new Lexus and drive off while talking on their $500.00 smart phone.
So, keep on blaming others for your total lack of motivation and responsibility. I encourage that! In the meantime, I'll campaign hard to cut these lifetime entitlements and have those funds spent on something valuable...Education and tax CUTS!

How much do you really know about "poverty"?
Not High Crime Districts... P-O-V-E-R-T-Y!

Have you spent time in Zimbabwe, Somalia, Congo, Burundi? How about the Ghetto in India where Mother Teresa treated the lepers?
How about Sierre Leone, where very young children are recruited against their will to become child soldiers?

THAT IS Abject Poverty!

Gang and Drug infested fouth and fifth generation mothers single-handedly raising their kids (often from multiple men who GRADUATE to become incarcerated fathers) are not examples of poverty. That is an example of a lifestyle CHOICE! (Stupid, as it may be for most people to understand).

Research the poem "Children Learn what they Live", and you will quit blaming White people for your plight in life. You need to look within your own familial structure if you are defending the Hustle. Get Real!

You stated, "its not black on black drugs so much but whites sneaking around in black neighborhoods that have a lot to do with why black neighborhoods cant flourish."

"You Talking To ME?"
That perpetual LIE is a UNIVERSAL joke that I have heard forever, but beyond the homeless white junkies who hustle some pills from the pre-teens on bikes... on their way to the shelter for the night...your claim has NO Credence.

Seems like the WHITES who sponsored the Bills, and the WHITES who fight to mandate, support and design funding structures to build affordable/low income housing projects, and the WHITES who built the Projects, the WHITES who selected the Stainless Steel appliances and the Whites who run After School Programs from UNCW, and the numerous WHITE Social Workers, White Advocates are the ONES WHO SHOULD GET OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

You said, "Economics 101..GET OUT THE BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS THEN MAYBE BLACK PEOPLE WILL HAVE A CHANCE!!"

My Sister Girl, I could not agree with you MORE!!!

Seems like the WHITES who sponsored the Bills, and the WHITES who fight to mandate, support and design funding structures to build affordable/low income housing projects, and the WHITES who built the Projects, the WHITES who selected the Stainless Steel appliances and the Whites who run After School Programs from UNCW, and the numerous WHITE Social Workers, White Advocates are the ONES WHO SHOULD GET OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Funny because Whites like you dont do nothing but stick out your chests and claim you do so much for the poor community..its also funny that you whites who claim who fight to mandate and have these housing projects built dont pay your hispanic and black workers when WE build the projects ourselves..get off your high horse and deflate that chest of yours that you are thumping..

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/05/23/housing-project-opens-worker-pay-issue...

"That perpetual LIE is a UNIVERSAL joke that I have heard forever, but beyond the homeless white junkies who hustle some pills from the pre-teens on bikes... on their way to the shelter for the night...your claim has NO Credence"..

I hate to make you eat your words but I will: From the Star News

Hester pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree murder, armed robbery and shooting a gun into an occupied vehicle in the Sept. 1, 2008, slaying of Crutchfield. The woman had driven to the Creekwood public housing development with her boyfriend to buy crack, pulling her truck over at in the 700 block of North 30th Street.

Unfortunately Ms. Cruthfield died senseless but she was in the black neighborhood buying crack with her white boyfriend..it aint all black instigated crime MY SISTER!!

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090818/ARTICLES/908184015

Here is a solution, after a reasonable amount of time make people pay their own way. Some of these people have been living off the taxpyer for decades.

the benefit of research.

If you leave Surf City, you pass a housing project in Holly Ridge. My observations concerning cars comes from that area as well as the media. And, the media film sure did display a fair number of late model vehicles in the parking lot.

You state people like me are the reason the country is so screwed up. Were it not for people like me who work or own succesful businesses, there would be far fewer tax dollars put into the state and Federal coffers which could mean some of the entitlement recipients would see their benefits reduced. Perish that thought.

As to solutions, I and several other posters made a number of suggestions to reduce the public dole and limit public handouts to those who truly have a need.

Now, you opened a can of worms. You state that many of the housing "clients" can buy new cars. If that is the case, why should they be entitled to public housing? Housing is a necessity; a new car is not.

As to what do I drive, it depends on the weather. But then I don't own a car. The cars at my disposal are all owned by one of the three companies I own which by the way pay taxes and allow entitlement recipients to maintain their entitled lifestyle. But as bad as it is here, go to DC, New York or Chicago.

when you know nothing about how they work..not everyone in housing projects is unemployed..believe it or not, those minimum wage jobs that exist are monopolized by the poor sector..you trying paying a 650 dollar rent payment on 7.50 an hour..the housing projects exists for both working and non working people who are under the federal poverty level..so for those who do work, they do need transportation to get to the their jobs..yes, there are some who do abuse the system but there are good people who have fallen down on their luck and cant find a job where they can meet the cost of living/rent with what they earn in wilmington which is ridiculous..dont jump to conclusions on the whole sector of a community because some bad apples stand out sometimes..

all those cars you saw was because people who were affilated with getting the housing development built were there for the commencement ceremony..just because you saw new cars from the media pictures is an assumption you made on a whole class of people..sorry but you should apologize

One criminal conviction by anybody legally residing there, everybody is evicted from that unit. Anybody illegally living in a unit, everybody is evicted. Random drug tests would be mandatory as well. Currently if I were to fail a drug test at any point I'm fired. If a resident fails, they are evicted.

The residents that would be part of the work program would be supervised by the county workers that already perform those tasks. That way nobody will lose their job, they will become a supervisor. The tenants would punch a clock, perform their job duties in exchange for all the "free" goodies they receive. If somebody quits showing up to work, doesn't work or any misconduct they are fired. If they are fired three times, they are evicted.

In short, make welfare something that is worked for and earned, not entitled. Then we could cut the fat from the rolls and give people job skills to help them become productive members of society, not slugs hanging out in the parking lots waiting for another check to magically arrive.

One criminal conviction by anybody legally residing there, everybody is evicted from that unit. Anybody illegally living in a unit, everybody is evicted. Random drug tests would be mandatory as well. Currently if I were to fail a drug test at any point I'm fired. If a resident fails, they are evicted.

The residents that would be part of the work program would be supervised by the county workers that already perform those tasks. That way nobody will lose their job, they will become a supervisor. The tenants would punch a clock, perform their job duties in exchange for all the "free" goodies they receive. If somebody quits showing up to work, doesn't work or any misconduct they are fired. If they are fired three times, they are evicted.

In short, make welfare something that is worked for and earned, not entitled. Then we could cut the fat from the rolls and give people job skills to help them become productive members of society, not slugs hanging out in the parking lots waiting for another check to magically arrive.