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Q&A: Executive Director of the Community Home Trust

In our semi-regular Question & Answer series, we have featured Meg McGurk, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Brian Litchfield, Director of Chapel Hill Transit. The latest installment is with Robert Dowling, Executive Director of the Community Home Trust. As affordable housing discussions have been gaining prominence lately, we thought it was appropriate to learn more about the Community Home Trust.

What is the Community Home Trust?

Live Blog: Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board Candidate Interviews

Here is a list of candidates:

  • Anne DiBella - via telephone
  • Desiree Cho
  • Gary Winzelberg
  • Greg Dye - missing
  • Ignacio Tzoumas
  • Jennifer Clark
  • Jennifer Marsh
  • Joanna Cleveland
  • Katherine Worley
  • Kulwadee Yung
  • Mary Ann Wolf - withdrew
  • Mary Litsikas
  • Rani Dasi
  • Theresa Watson - arrived at 6:25, missed introduction
  • David Saussy

Candidates got to start with 30-second introductions. First question was about biggest challenges, second about communication and decision-making style. Will post answers to succeeding questions below.

Link to applications is below.



Community Organizing to Improve Housing Conditions in Orange County

Extensive mold and other serious maintenance issues, unannounced inspections, living with no water, play equipment removed, violence, disrepect by management, inability to use shared resources, children not allowed to play outside.....

Would you be surprised to know that these are just some of the complaints coming from our neighbors who live in affordable housing complexes throughout Orange County (Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough)?

Orange County Justice United is partnering with residents in all of these complexes to organize the community, conduct neighborhood audits to acertain the extend of the issues, present these findings to management, and have the issues addressed.

The Gateway Village Apartments in Hillsborough is one such housing complex. A story about our work together can be found here.

We know that there is a shortage of affordable housing in our communities. We must work to ensure that the affordable housing that is available, is welcoming unless we want to be a community of the wealthy.

InterCity Visit 2014 in more than 140 characters

There's been quite a bit of great Tweeting about the InterCity Visit to Athens, GA. Still, there may be some of you out there who'd like to provide a little more context about what you have been learning. Please use this thread to do so. Travis and I will be posting some thoughts here as well.

Chapel Hill May Delay Rogers Road Discussion, Again

The Chapel Hill Town Council was to continue its discussion this evening about how to fund the extension of sewer service to the Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood, in its first meeting of the 2014-2015 session. However, town staff is again recommending a continuation of the public hearing.



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