Non-active duty families given 30 days to vacate Slocum Village
HAVELOCK, Craven County —
The housing shortage in the wake of Hurricane Florence is hitting everyone hard -- including our military community.
Residents in one Havelock community said they're being forced to leave their homes.
Slocum Village Neighborhood is a military housing community about five minutes from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
Orginally, the homes in the Slocum housing community were offered to active-duty and reserve military members, contractors, geo-bachelors, retirees, DOD civilians and surviving military spouses. Eventually, civilians with no military background were able to rent homes in the community.
Sarah Hopson, an Air Force veteran, and her family live in the community for now. They got the startling news last week, “I got an email first. It said basically this serves as your 30-day notice to vacate," said Hopson.
According to Hopson, every other non-active duty military member of Slocum Village Neighborhood all received the same email.
Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, the privatized company that owns the neighborhood, made the decision to prioritize active duty service members who suffered home damage during Hurricane Florence.
That decision will leave dozens of families homeless, including young children, veterans and senior citizens.
When asked about the housing crisis, an AMCC spokesperson sent a statement that reads, "While this decision was difficult, our mission has always been to ensure that we can prioritize housing for our active duty military families.”
When that statement was read to Hopson, she broke down in tears -- tears for her home, her seven children and her fellow military families.
Hopson said she understands the need for homes for active duty service members, but she hops AMCC will look at how this decision affects others.