Housing shortage hits Onslow County hard

Nathan Law

Renters and buyers alike are struggling to find a place to call home in Onslow County as a serious housing shortage continues to rise. Onslow needs 2,000 housing units per year to keep up with growth, but that’s not happening. New construction cannot keep up with a population explosion that’s […]

Renters and buyers alike are struggling to find a place to call home in Onslow County as a serious housing shortage continues to rise.

Onslow needs 2,000 housing units per year to keep up with growth, but that’s not happening. New construction cannot keep up with a population explosion that’s outpaced what builders can accomplish during a pandemic in an area still reeling from a natural disaster that claimed many homes.

“This has been a cascading problem for us since Hurricane Florence,” said Royce Bennett, broker associate with Century 21 Champion Real Estate and an Onslow County Commissioner. “We’re kind of falling behind every year instead of gaining ground.”

The elevated cost of building materials has thrown a wet blanket on new development in several parts of the country that experienced a sudden reduction in available housing. Although the cost of lumber has gone down in recent weeks, it won’t be enough to bring on more housing for those who need it most.

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