VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Some apartment residents are out of a home and now hotel rooms following Hurricane Matthew.
The deadline has passed for people in the Waypoint at Lynnhaven Apartments to find new places to live after both flooding and asbestos issues. The problem is, some people are still stuck with nowhere to go. Many residents tell 10 On Your Side that this is the worst thing they have ever had to go through.
“I really don’t know what I’m going to do at all. Today, tomorrow,” said James Baker.
Baker was temporarily living with a friend at Waypoint when Hurricane Matthew came through. Now, he’s homeless — a place he’s been before.
He said, “It’s kind of really hard. It’s a sticky situation.”
But his focus is somewhere else.
“My heart and spirit goes out to those who have families and have kids,” said Baker.
Some of those families have moved into new homes. WAVY News spoke with one who can’t move in until the end of the week, which is putting them in a tough spot.
“Everything has gone into a spiral and I don’t know what we’re supposed to do,” said Lillian Hamilton, a high school student.
Hamilton says the situation has been chaotic and she just wants her family’s life to return to normal. It’s something all of the displaced residents are hoping for.
“I’m just outdone, you know? If they would just get me a place with a low rate, I can do it,” said Brenda Daniel.
“I’ve been walking around for two weeks numb. Not knowing what to do, where to go,” said Janet Arena, who is wheelchair-bound. She says she hasn’t found a new home because of her disability. She’s waiting on her social security check and security deposit from Waypoint. And until she gets those, she is not sure what her family will do.
“It’s scary because it’s me, my son and my granddaughter and we’re going to be sitting on a curb,” Arena said.
But laughs and smiles have brought these residents together — going through such a difficult situation that all they can do is try to be positive.
Arena said, “We’ll find a way.”
Reassuring each other that they will get through it.
“I can’t lose hope on that. There’s a lot of good people out here,” Baker said.