New curfew rules coming to WHA properties

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Submitted: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 3:26am
Updated: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 2:03pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Teens in Wilmington Housing Authority properties have a new set of rules to follow. At a Monday night board meeting the board voted to impose a curfew on everyone under the age of 17.

I’m really ready to move, but at the meeting tonight they said some things that kind of got me thinking differently now,” said Sonya Muldrow, a Creekwood resident.

Sonya Muldrow has lived in Creekwood all of her life. She says in her day parents enforced a curfew, but now it’s up to the Wilmington Housing Authority and Wilmington police.

“Curfew came about from modeling other housing authorities across the country and the fact that we thought those things should be imposed for the safety of our younger residents,” said WHA Chairman Jeff Hovis. “The police will basically enforce that curfew.”

That curfew will be in effect every day for minors. Sunday through Thursday they need to be inside from 10 PM to 5 AM. On Friday and Saturday minors have an extra hour, until 11 PM, to stay out. If any minor must be outside during curfew hours an adult must be with them. It’s a plan Creekwood residents like Muldrow, and the WHA can agree on.

“If they’re just out loitering and don’t have a reason to be out causing confusion, you know I’m just tired of it,” said Muldrow.

“The frustration, I get it,” said Hovis. “This is their houses, their cars, their kids. I’m just as concerned.”

Another rule change being discussed by WHA would gate off their communities between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM.

It’s similar to what’s already happening in Charleston, SC, but Muldrow says that plan goes a bit too far.

“You might can incarcerate me physically or block me in physically, but mentally you can never gate me up,” said Muldrow.

In addition to the curfew the WHA board also banned smoking in their properties, and agreed to work with WPD to get ShotSpotter installed in all of their communities.

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33 Comments on "New curfew rules coming to WHA properties"

2015 years 8 months ago

No one is losing any of their rights. Hitler’s motivation to close off the Polish ghettos was not based on them being a rat hole of crime and gangs. Apparently you don’t have a logical, fact based argument against this or you wouldn’t be using the Nazi, name calling tactic.

DaQuan Manley
2015 years 8 months ago

It isn’t Fair To Just Give The WHA Communities A Curfew.
I understand Things Have Been Getting Crazy Around Wilmington But Violence Can Happen Anywhere. PLUS It’s Racial Profiling. Violent Acts Can Happen ANYWHERE. Landfall, North Chase, etc. So Why Are They Targeting Predominately African American Areas? If They’re going to Make A Curfew, They Might as well just make it a City Wide Thing instead of it being just for the WHA Communities.

Before Y’all lash out at me calling me ignorant for this statement please know that ive lived here all my life and i am FAR from a Idiot. If you’re going to come on here with racism and other bs make sure your info is correct.

2015 years 8 months ago

The city is not making the curfew. The state is not making the curfew.

The Wilmington Housing Authority is not a public company, not a city department. THEY are making the curfew for people on THEIR property. Just like you can tell anyone that lives in your house if they aren’t home by midnight they can live somewhere else.

I WISH the entire city would enact a law for a curfew.

2015 years 8 months ago

If you don’t like the rules in any housing apartment complex, or rental property or public housing you can choose to leave. Those residents residing in public housing like Hillcrest, Houston Moore, Vesta Village, Creekwood, etc. can accept the new rules or find somewhere else to live. No one is making the residents live there, we still have a choice about where we live in this country. Just because you start out there does not mean you must stay there. Life is about choices. Choose to live differently and see what happens. You may be able to change where and how you live.

2015 years 8 months ago

are you stating you have lived in public housing all of your life? I ask to ensure we all understand your unique situation and your personage.

Did you ever study statistics? If 90+% of public housing residents are African American; and if 90+% of violent crimes involve residents of public housing, that is not racial profiling. That’s the law of statistics.

Look forward to your answer to the question. Personally, I like the idea of a city wide curfew.