As we first told you Thursday, the Wilmington Housing Authority is looking for people currently receiving Section 8 housing assistance to voluntarily give up their vouchers, and move into public housing. People volunteering to move, would help reduce the financial burden on their Section 8 program. Several residents say they are willing to move to almost any public housing development to help. Subreia Hunt is a single mom, who receives Section 8 assistance. Hunt said she would be willing to move into public housing, if it helped free up Section 8 funds for others, but there is one place in town she will not live. “When I first came to Wilmington, I rolled through Creekwood and I didn't like the vibe.” Hunt said there is too much violence in Creekwood, and she is worried about the safety of her 15-year-old son. Mary Claiborne has lived in Creekwood for 8 years. She said the trouble is not with those who live there. “It's pretty nice, except for the people that come in here, that don't live out here, selling their drugs and starting trouble.” The Wilmington Housing Authority is aware of the problems in the neighborhoods surrounding Creekwood. WHA Board of Commissioners Chair Bo Dean said the housing authority is working with police to keep residents safe. “All of the neighborhood issues, not just Creekwood, but all the surrounding streets are also being watched and are also being patrolled and those good neighbors and those good families are being taken care of.” Claiborne has seen both good times and bad in her neighborhood. She says lately, things have been getting better. “But the police department is coming in and cleaning it up all over again. So Creekwood is very fine.” To help keep the neighborhood safe, Creekwood has a community safety committee, and ID badges for all of its residents over 10 years old. All of the residents in the community say they feel safe living in the community.
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