WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The groundbreaking for the construction of more homes at SECU Lakeside Reserve began Friday. New homes at SECU Lakeside Reserve are now underway.
The affordable housing project has been helping the homeless get back on their feet for just over a year. Frank Lewis, a resident at Lakeside Reserve, has been there since September and says he could not be happier.
“This is home. This is home,” Lewis said.
Lakeside Reserve became a safe haven for Lewis, who struggled with homelessness and an alcohol addiction for years. Now, the community will become a home for even more people.
Lakeside Reserve is more than doubling its size, from 16 apartments to 40. The homes are part of an affordable housing project of the Good Shepherd Center and Lakeside Partners of Wilmington.
Katrina Knight is the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Center and said there is a dire need for more affordable housing in the area.
“The need is certainly there,” Knight said. “We have more than an affordable housing crisis in Wilmington and the Cape Fear region and it’s particularly acute for people who have limited resources.”
Phase Two of the project will add 24, one-bedroom apartments to the community. The new apartments will also have access to the same amenities as Phase One including a common kitchen, living area and laundry room. Residents also have access to a social worker who can assist them with getting to work or medical appointments.
“What’s called permanent supportive housing. That’s a very special kind of affordable housing for our most fragile neighbors,” Knight said.
Lewis has nothing but good things to say about Lakeside Reserve and is excited that more people will get the opportunity to live there.
“Hurry up! Let’s get these people in here!” Lewis said.
Leaders of the project hope that construction on Phase Two will be finished by the summer of 2019.