Back Street: A Neighborhood in a Bowl

“I can only imagine what my parents had to go through for that land.” Gwendolyn Brown grew up in Back Street, a long-time African American community in Trenton, NC. When you enter the neighborhood, you pull off of ‘Backstreet Road’, go down a gravel hill, and enter what Brown calls ‘a bowl.’ She is familiar with the topography, because with every storm, her neighborhood floods. Due to flooding, Brown is one of only two families left in what was once a vibrant, historical neighborhood.

Flood Zone is a special investigation reporting on flooding in Coastal Carolina communities. The podcast is a project of Shoresides and Working Narratives.

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Want to Help:

  1. Donate To The Good Shepherd Center to fund housing assistance programs.
  2. Advocate Call NC Senators: Richard Burr 202-224-3154, and Thom Tillis 704-509-9087 tell them to advocate for H.R. 2721 The Pathways out of Poverty Act, that would expand funding for temporary assistance programs.

Need Help:

  1. Shelter For temporary shelter call The Good Shepherd Center 910-763-4424.
  2. Financial Assistance For help with Financial Assistance call Lloyd Stiles from Coastal Community Action at 252-342-4831.
  3. Other Resources – Consult this list. It provides a guide for general resources as well as resources specific to Craven County.