TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Affordable housing continues to be a major issue in the Cape Fear following Hurricane Florence.

Community leaders gathered in Wilmington Thursday morning to talk about it and a special guest joined the conversation all the way from Texas.

Sue Lovell is the former Vice Mayor Pro Tem of Houston. She came to share her experiences recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Cape Fear Housing Coalition Vice Chair Jody Wainio says Wilmington already had an affordable housing crisis before Florence and now its much worse.

Lovell says we’ve got to start planning for what’s next.

“I think the most important thing you learn is what you do now is you lay a base for when it happens again cause you can’t assume it’s not going to and a base that you can respond to and the next time it comes along you’ll be in a much better situation with less decisions to make,” Lovell said.

“The big message is it doesn’t happen overnight,” Wainio said. “Recovery is a long term investment. I also like the comments that she made around building back multiple-income developments.”

Wainio says she thinks the next step is for county and city leaders to create a committee to start working on affordable housing.

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