Growth & Development

Community Meeting on Affordable Housing and Community Development Needs

The Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development invites the public to join the discussion and voice opinions about affordable housing and community development needs and how to eliminate barriers to fair housing choices.  

The meetings will be hosted by the Orange County HOME Consortium, which consists of the County and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro.

The Orange County HOME Consortium and the Town of Chapel Hill are preparing the FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2015 Annual Action Plan for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In order to determine the most pressing needs and to develop effective strategies to meet those needs, HUD requires a Consolidated Plan.  By attending these meetings, the public can help to identify priority needs and strategies in the areas of affordable housing, homelessness, special needs and community development and how funds are to be received over the next five years to help address needs identified.  

The Plan details housing needs of very low income, low income and moderate-income families, and population groups with special needs in addition to outlining the strategies and plans for addressing those needs.  The Plan can also serve as a foundation for the development of a long-range, strategic affordable housing plan for the participating communities. 

As part of the public input and planning process, a survey is available online to obtain more public input in identifying the needs and ideas on how residents would like to see funds budgeted to address needs with CDBG and HOME funds received, as well as identifying and addressing any impediments to fair housing choice. 

Click on the link to take the confidential survey (en Español). 

For more information, please contact the Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development at 919.245.2490.

Date: 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Whitted Human Services Building, 300 W. Tryon Street, Room 250, Hillsborough

Community Meeting on Affordable Housing and Community Development Needs

The Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development invites the public to join the discussion and voice opinions about affordable housing and community development needs and how to eliminate barriers to fair housing choices.  

The meetings will be hosted by the Orange County HOME Consortium, which consists of the County and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro.

The Orange County HOME Consortium and the Town of Chapel Hill are preparing the FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2015 Annual Action Plan for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In order to determine the most pressing needs and to develop effective strategies to meet those needs, HUD requires a Consolidated Plan.  By attending these meetings, the public can help to identify priority needs and strategies in the areas of affordable housing, homelessness, special needs and community development and how funds are to be received over the next five years to help address needs identified.  

The Plan details housing needs of very low income, low income and moderate-income families, and population groups with special needs in addition to outlining the strategies and plans for addressing those needs.  The Plan can also serve as a foundation for the development of a long-range, strategic affordable housing plan for the participating communities. 

As part of the public input and planning process, a survey is available online to obtain more public input in identifying the needs and ideas on how residents would like to see funds budgeted to address needs with CDBG and HOME funds received, as well as identifying and addressing any impediments to fair housing choice. 

Click on the link to take the confidential survey (en Español). 

For more information, please contact the Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development at 919.245.2490.

Date: 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Whitted Human Services Building, 300 W. Tryon Street, Room 250, Hillsborough

Community Meeting on Affordable Housing and Community Development Needs

The Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development invites the public to join the discussion and voice opinions about affordable housing and community development needs and how to eliminate barriers to fair housing choices.  

The meetings will be hosted by the Orange County HOME Consortium, which consists of the County and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro.

The Orange County HOME Consortium and the Town of Chapel Hill are preparing the FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2015 Annual Action Plan for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In order to determine the most pressing needs and to develop effective strategies to meet those needs, HUD requires a Consolidated Plan.  By attending these meetings, the public can help to identify priority needs and strategies in the areas of affordable housing, homelessness, special needs and community development and how funds are to be received over the next five years to help address needs identified.  

The Plan details housing needs of very low income, low income and moderate-income families, and population groups with special needs in addition to outlining the strategies and plans for addressing those needs.  The Plan can also serve as a foundation for the development of a long-range, strategic affordable housing plan for the participating communities. 

As part of the public input and planning process, a survey is available online to obtain more public input in identifying the needs and ideas on how residents would like to see funds budgeted to address needs with CDBG and HOME funds received, as well as identifying and addressing any impediments to fair housing choice. 

Click on the link to take the confidential survey (en Español). 

For more information, please contact the Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development at 919.245.2490.

Date: 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

When Art Reflects Reality (Even After 130 Years)

As I took my seat in the Paul Green Theatre last Saturday for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of An Enemy of the People, I had no expectation that the performance would resonate with the kind of local government discourse and behavior I see right here in Chapel Hill. Yet, as the play began and the story unfolded, that is exactly what happened.

Written by Henrik Ibsen in 1882 and adapted by Arthur Miller in 1950, Enemy tells the story of Dr. Stockmann, a physician who attempts to expose an inconvenient truth about his town, only to find himself and his family alienated, alone, and in danger as a result of his actions.

As the play reaches its climax, Dr. Stockmann makes a final attempt to convey his findings and alert his community to what he has uncovered. But rather than being able to speak freely, he is silenced from speaking about the issue at hand, which causes him to dive into a monologue condemning the tyranny of the majority, the silencing of his freedom of speech, and the hypocrisy of those around him who abandon their values in the face of inconvenient truths.

Town Hall Series Starts Next Week

Starting next week, I'll be hosting a series of four Town Hall events that each focus on a different issue in our community: downtown Chapel Hill, social and environmental justice, economic development and working together in Orange County. 

I want these events to be an opportunity for residents to engage and take an active role in shaping the future of our town. All you need to bring is an open mind and ideas for how we can build a more vibrant, livable community. Here's the schedule:

Issue: Downtown Chapel Hill
When: Wednesday, Feb. 25th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: DSI Comedy, 62 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Click here to see full event details and RSVP for the downtown Chapel Hill Town Hall.

Issue: Social and Environmental Justice
When: Saturday, Feb. 28th at 1 p.m.
Where: Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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