CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Hurricane Florence created a housing shortage at several military bases along the coast.
- More than 100 retired and disabled veterans and their families have 30 days to vacate their base homes
- The notices affect about 109 families to make room for 800 active duty service member families displaced by Florence
- AMCC says they have few choices because more than 70 percent of their 6,000 base houses had some type of damage and their priority is active duty military
More than 100 retired and disabled veterans, their families, military contractors and widows are asked to leave their base homes, given a letter to vacate in 30 days.
The notices were sent to those whose year leases came to an end and those renting base housing on a month-to-month basis.
AMCC, Atlantic Marine Corp Communities, the property management company, says the notices affect about 109 families living at Camp Lejeune, New River and Cherry Point to make room for 800 active duty service member families displaced by Florence.
AMCC says they have few choices because more than 70 percent of their 6,000 base houses had some type of damage and their priority is active duty military.
One 64-year-old veteran cannot physically or financially move out by November 5.
"I really don't know what to do...I’m not begging for anything. I just want them to be fair about all of this. We deserve better,” said Michael Sherburn.
“So many people sold their homes so they could move back on base, and then they kick us out. It's not so much of the fact that they want us to leave so active duty have a place to live, I understand that, but it's the way they're doing it, sending a letter to leave in 30 days,” said Angela Voekel, a disabled Navy veteran who lives on base with her disabled husband, a USMC veteran.
AMCC declined an on-camera interview but sent the following statement:
“In efforts to mitigate the housing crisis caused by the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Florence to many homes where active duty military families are living throughout Camp Lejeune, New River, and Cherry Point areas, AMCC stopped all inbound moves to enable active duty military families to relocate from severely damaged homes to homes within our housing areas. Even with these efforts, the housing shortage for active duty military families affected by the storm remains. AMCC staff and consultants are doing everything possible to help our residents in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence.
Because of Hurricane Florence, a large volume homes were impacted across AMCC North Carolina locations, leaving nearly 70% of our housing inventory with some level of damage. As of today, approximately 150 homes are a complete loss. Since September 16, AMCC has been working day in and day out on site to make repairs and assist residents. To date, the team has completed exterior repairs to more than 800 homes and interior repairs are in progress on more than 200 homes. More than 800 active duty military families have relocated to a home within the AMCC housing community, are scheduled to relocate to a home, have been placed in temporary lodging or will be placed in temporary lodging while repairs are performed to their homes.
After a thorough review of our inventory, on October 8, a letter was mailed to non-active duty residents at AMCC with month to month leases. 109 non-active duty month-to-month leases are not being renewed. Per the lease agreements signed by these non-active duty tenants at move-in, approved by our Navy Partner, an initial one-year lease was issued. Following a year tenancy, all non-active duty tenant leases automatically renew on a month to month basis. This gives either party the option to terminate the month to month tenancy upon receipt of a written 30-day notice. We provided a 30-day notice to vacate these homes and end month to month tenancy to enable active duty military families to relocate from severely damaged homes to homes within our housing areas. AMCC community management teams are in contact with all affected residents and are working to assist these tenants with the next steps in the process.
While this decision was difficult, our mission has always been to ensure that we can prioritize housing for our active duty military families stationed at Camp Lejeune, New River and Cherry Point,” sent by Staci Burton, the Assistant Marketing Manager at AMCC."