Ormond Beach, FL - When their apartment complex, which has had unresolved code violations for over a decade, gets condemned and close, Volusia County and a few local non-profit groups help a group of neighbors get a roof over their heads.
Residents at a low-income apartment complex near the Flagler County border off of 5906 John Anderson Boulevard found themselves homeless after their complex was condemned after a long history of code and fire safety violations.
Volusia County, in conjunction with Halifax Urban Ministries and the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, then developed a plan to help the displaced residents first find transitional housing, then permanent housing.
Volusia County Community Services Director Dona Butler, staff from the county and the Neighborhood Center then met with the residents and told them help was available.
The agencies offered to arrange housing for the two families with children at the Hope Place homeless shelter in Daytona Beach. Other residents were offered vouchers to stay in a hotel for up to two weeks, along with rapid rehousing assistance through the Neighborhood Center.
Some residents will also find out soon if they meet the requirements for the Neighborhood Center to pay their security deposit and if the county will pay their utility deposit for a new apartment.