James B. Hunt, Jr., Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Tracy Little, Director of Public Information (919) 716-3700

August 11, 2000

Governor Hunt Joins Inmates in Floyd Recovery Construction Project

TARBORO -- With hammers in hand, Gov. Jim Hunt and Prisons Director James French joined other state and local officials Aug. 11 to attach siding to houses for victims of Hurricane Floyd.

Governor Hunt Joins Inmates in Floyd Recovery Construction Project
The houses are part of a state Innovative Housing Initiative that uses inmate labor to construct homes for residents displaced by the historic storm. "We have a long way to go," said Gov. Hunt. "But these two homes are tangible examples of the progress we’re making in rebuilding Eastern North Carolina."

French shared the Department’s pride in being able to participate in the recovery effort. "This program illustrates how we can accomplish great things when we work together for the people of North Carolina. It illustrates how governments at all levels can work with the private sector to produce quality products in a collaborative effort. It also illustrates that each and every one of us, regardless of our position or stature, can give something of ourselves to assist our neighbors who need our help."

Gov. Hunt and French joined other officials at the event, including those from the town of Tarboro, and Leza Aycock, newly appointed director of the Hurricane Floyd Redevelopment Center.

Inmates from Greene Correctional Institution in Maury started building two houses July 17 for people who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Floyd flooding. They are putting up wall panels, sheeting and roof trusses. They will also be assigned to various tasks on the interiors of the houses.

Inmates at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury built the wall panels for the homes that were transported to the construction site. When panels for the two Tarboro houses are completed, inmates at Piedmont will have built panels for 12 houses for hurricane victims since November 1999. The first 10 houses, two of which were constructed by inmates, are in Kinston. The project is a cooperative venture between the Department of Correction, N.C. Emergency Management and the local governments where the homes are being constructed.

Inmates assigned to Community Work crews are in minimum custody and are screened prior to being placed on jobs outside the prison facility. It is anticipated that the two houses will be completed in late September.

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