CAPE CHARLES, Va. — The Quality Inn in Exmore is currently providing temporary housing for some residents amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Seabreeze Apartments.
Zoning Administrator Katie Nunez has been actively engaging with federal agencies including the USDA, HUD, ANPDC Regional Housing Authority, and a property management company to address ongoing concerns related to the Seabreeze Apartments.
Town Manager John Hozey emphasized the town’s limited role in the matter, stating, “The complex is private property, whose owners had a contract with federal agencies to provide low-income housing. Therefore, the town itself has no role in its operation or its future.”
Hozey added that the town has been facilitating meetings and advocating for residents’ needs while urging federal agencies to expedite assistance for relocation.
Recent developments have left Seabreeze tenants uncertain about their housing situation. A meeting held Tuesday between officials from HUD and the USDA shed little light on the future of the complex.
According to resident accounts, it appears unlikely that tenants will be able to return to their old homes. Those affected have been accommodated at the Quality Inn until March 11, with housing vouchers being offered as relocation assistance.
Tenant Nioka Marshall expressed gratitude for the vouchers but voiced concerns about finding suitable housing. “I’m still in limbo until I find something,” Marshall remarked.
Town officials announced plans for another meeting next month to further discuss housing voucher options with affected residents.
As the situation unfolds, residents and stakeholders remain hopeful for swift and effective solutions to ensure the well-being and stability of those impacted by the housing disruption.
For now, the town continues to work in collaboration with federal agencies and local organizations to address the evolving needs of Seabreeze residents and facilitate a smooth transition to alternative housing options.
Corrections: The Mirror originally said residents were at the Peacock Inn in Cape Charles, but we have been told by other residents that it is the Quality Inn in Exmore. We were sent a quote from WTKR that was attributed to Kimberly Marshall, it was Nioka Marshall.