The Northside Neighborhood Initiative - Progress & Partnerships

The Northside Neighborhood Initiative was launched on March 9, 2015 as a partnership between the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving & Making History, Self-Help Credit Union, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Town of Chapel Hill. You can read more about that launch in a prior story on OrangePolitics written by Hudson Vaughn, Assistant Director of the Jackson Center.

Today a celebration was held that included an update on the progress of that Initiative to keep homes affordable, help long-time residents to stay in their homes, and foster good relationships between permanent residents and students. The highlights included:

  • Three homes have been purchased through the Initiative.
  • 31 homes have received repairs.
  • Noise complaints have dropped by 60%.

A summary of the event can be found below in the Storify of the tweets, including details of the work that Orange County Habitat for Humanity is doing to increase the supply of affordable homes in the community.

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Three families have moved into homes that have passed through the landbank that is part of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative (NNI), thus completing the cycle, but the NNI has actually been able to purchased 15 properties this year. Many of these properties in Northside are under construction or renovation (several lots were sold to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County), including where the wall raising took place. Several of these properties are being renovated for the Community Hometrust or Empowerment, INC. and will be available in the next few months. Several more are still in the decision-making process as to their disposition.

 
 

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