‘Real households of New Hanover County’ tour shows affordable housing


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Housing Coalition is working on increasing awareness to affordable housing here in Port City.

Affordable housing is not always achievable within certain budgets, but with support and information it can be.

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“The American dream of being a homeowner is still achievable it still can get done. I’m a prime example of just prayer, faith and working and this is what you will get if you combine those three ingredients,” one homeowner Samantha Aryeetey said.

Aryeetey has been through her own struggles, but with hard work she built her own affordable home with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

“I literally helped build my own home, like putting up vinyl siding, putting up shutters, the roof the floors, the counters, the cabinets everything we built it from the ground up,” Aryeetey said.

But what exactly is affordable housing? A question many ask.

“I think when people hear affordable housing it’s very confusing they aren’t really sure what that means and it’s ya know a part of a strong economy to have housing that people can afford from all income levels,” CFHC volunteer Vanessa Lacer said.

Lacer is increasing awareness to housing opportunities in the area, but also says Wilmington needs to have more budget friendly options.

“We definitely need to do better and there are examples of towns similar to ours that are really on the forefront of that,” Lacer said.

She also said no matter the income level affordable housing is 30 percent or less of earnings.

For more information on affordable housing, click here.