A yr after the East Greensboro Twister, there’s nonetheless extra to do
The gray sky showed that something was coming on April 15, 2018. Then an EF-2 tornado landed with little warning to the residents of East Greensboro.
The tornado raced through neighborhoods, tore open roofs of houses, felled trees and power lines. In the end, one person died after a tree fell on his car.
A year later, many buildings in the area were demolished and repaired.
“We got some serious investors to buy land to build affordable housing,” said Josie Williams, project manager for the Greensboro Housing Coalition. “I know this is still a work in progress and there is still a lot to be done, but at least we are on the right track.
As a result of the tornado, Greensboro formed the Storm Recovery Alliance to coordinate the community’s response to the tornado. It’s a coalition of local agencies.
According to the city, 174 households had to be relocated after the storm. One of the goals of the alliance is to build a better East Greensboro.
“We want to help keep home ownership and the neighborhood strong,” said Stan Wilson, Greensboro neighborhood development director. “So we want to make sure that we are really helping to strengthen the neighborhood when we focus on our efforts.”
More than $ 800,000 has been allocated to tornado recovery in Greensboro.
Organizations like Community Housing Solutions, East Greensboro NOW, and Habitat for Humanity have helped residents repair their homes.
Williams wants the repairs to get much-needed affordable housing in the city, and she wants more developers and investors to be fearless.
“We need people with a certain vision,” she said. “We need people who understand that they may have to take more personal risks and invest more personally in such a neighborhood to see change.”