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September 15, 2020

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Elita Fielder Adjei
Director, Communications & Publicity
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ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham Eyewitness News Investigates Housing Crisis In
Central North Carolina

‘Eyewitness News Investigates: The Housing Crisis’ Airs Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. EDT

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ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham presents a 30-minute special, “Eyewitness News Investigates: The Housing Crisis,” airing Thursday, Sept. 17 (5:30-6:00 p.m. EDT). The special takes an in-depth look at the housing crisis in Central North Carolina with stories of families’ struggles and successes of renting and home ownership amidst the pandemic, and the streamlined services aimed at helping those in need.

With rapid population growth being a key factor in driving up rental and property prices in North Carolina, housing inventory is extremely low, causing lower income individuals and families struggling to get their dream home or even pay the bills to maintain a roof over their head.

“Eyewitness News Investigates” introduces us to the McLee family—a family of seven living in a motel, struggling to pay their bills due to loss of work as the result of COVID-19; Christina Beltran, a single mother who lost her job during the pandemic and is now homeless; and Asia and Chanel Prince, a young family of four buying their first home. Along with their stories, WTVD shares tips and services that are aimed at helping residents ranging from housing assistance and homeless services to getting free meals.

Anchored by Tisha Powell and Joel Brown, “Eyewitness News Investigates: The Housing Crisis” airs Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. EDT, and is sponsored by North State Bank. Viewers can stream on abc11.comABC11 North Carolina news app, and the new ABC11 connected TV apps for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

About ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham
ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham is an ABC owned television station serving the Research Triangle Region of Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Fayetteville, an area collectively known for its technology companies and scholarly institutions. In 2017, WTVD transformed into a multiplatform newsroom as the first stations selected for the UNC Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, modernizing the station and maximizing its reach and engagement across linear broadcast and streaming video on demand. ABC11 is proudly the broadcast partner for the Raleigh Christmas Parade, the largest local event in the region, and the news gathering partner with the News & Observer, the region’s paper of record.


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