CAPE CHARLES, Va. — A joint inspection conducted on February 8, 2024, at the Seabreeze Apartments, a Project-Based Section 8 Complex located at 201 Washington Ave., Cape Charles, revealed significant safety concerns in 11 of the 28 units, leading town officials to declare them unsafe and uninhabitable.
The inspection, carried out by representatives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the USDA Rural Development, prompted immediate action from the Town Building Official, who deemed the 11 units unfit for occupancy. Consequently, 11 adults and 8 children were displaced from their homes, requiring urgent attention to address their housing and transportation needs.
In response, the Town of Cape Charles initiated close coordination efforts with HUD, the ANPDC Regional Housing Authority, and the complex’s management company. Together, they collaborated to provide temporary housing solutions for the affected tenants. On the evening of February 8th, all displaced tenants were relocated to local hotels, where they will reside while efforts continue to secure them longer-term housing options.
Fortunately, the safety concerns identified only affected a portion of the complex. The remaining 7 occupied units remain unaffected, and tenants residing in those units should not experience any further disruption to their living arrangements.
Moving forward, the matter of addressing the uninhabitable units will be addressed through discussions between the property owners, USDA officials, and the management company in the coming weeks. The Town of Cape Charles has committed to closely monitoring the situation and offering assistance as needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.