affordable housing

Are Mobile Homes Affordable Housing We Want to Promote?

The latest column in the Chapel Hill News by OrangePolitics Editor Molly De Marco asks whether mobile homes should be a part of the affordable housing solution in Orange County. What do you think? Read the column below:

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Are mobile homes the (partial) answer to affordable housing in Orange County? Or maybe a better question, should mobile homes be part of the affordable-housing solution in our communities?

Five Months Late, County Commissioners Invite Comment on 2016 Bond Referendum

In an unusual move, the county commissioners have invited comment on 2016 bond referendum—even though it’s not on the agenda.

This Week in Orange Politics: April 6-12

While the Hillsborough Town Board takes a break this week, its Carrboro counterpart will consider a request for a minor modification to a conditional use permit. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board will consider approving a budget request for the county commissioners, while the commissioners will talk agricultural support enterprises at one meeting and capital projects at another.

Both the Chapel Hill Town Council and county school board have meetings scheduled for this week, but no agendas have been released.

The county and town of Chapel Hill are also offering opportunities for discussion on affordable housing.



Affordable Housing: Policy Tools & Best Practices

In its ongoing series on affordable housing, the Town of Chapel Hill hosted Michelle Winters, senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing last Tuesday to talk about the policy tools and best practices for affordable and workforce housing.

Winters began her presentation discussing housing trends nationwide and specifically talked about the recent surge in renter households that is expected to continue into the future. The most important takeaway: Half of all renter households are at least moderately cost burdened, meaning they spend at least 30% of their income on rent. This statistic highlights why housing professionals have broadened their discussion of what affordable means in recent years to include a range, all the way from homelessness to just below market rate. As the town’s executive director for housing and community development, Loryn Clark, put it: housing needs to be affordable for everybody.

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.


Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Seymour Senior Center (Auditorium), 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill



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