Council Recap: City Approves Loan To Rehab Driftwood Apartments, Update On Clean Energy Goals

Wilmington City Council held its last regular meeting for the month of November.

First up, council received a briefing on the Clean Energy Advisory Committee’s annual report. [Watch the full report here]

The committee provides advice on best practices and strategies on how the city can achieve its clean energy goals.

“The target of those goals was to get the city to a place where it would be powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2050, and that would also, that the city’s vehicle fleet would also be powered with electric vehicles completely by that same year,” said Lindsey Hallock, a member of the Clean Energy Advisory Committee.

Next, council heard a report from the Cape Fear Homeless Continuum of Care. [Watch the full report here].

This agency is an alliance of public and private entities dedicated to the reduction and elimination of homelessness in our region.

“The proven best practice to end homelessness in housing is housing first. This is a philosophy adopted by our local community and a nationwide trend that advocates to offer individuals housing first,” said Michelle Bennett, board member of the Cape Fear Homeless Continuum of Care.

Council also agreed to loan nearly $700,000 to the Cape Fear Collective for the rehabilitation of the Driftwood property. Upon renovation, this property will serve as permanent supportive housing, providing zero or low-rent housing for people with a disability who’ve experienced chronic homelessness. It also offers residents supportive services to assist them with daily living.

City Council will meet again on December 6th at 6:30 pm. For more on this meeting, visit

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