For Carrboro resident Lydia Mason, helping other people has always been second nature.
“That’s just how (my husband and I) were built,” Mason said, when asked why she decided to turn her home on Gomains Avenue into an affordable property for renters.
Now, Mason said she is petitioning the town of Chapel Hill to donate the lots adjacent to her home to build a house for rental purposes. Mason said EmPOWERment Inc., an affordable housing nonprofit, would add the home to its rental properties inventory.
“People should be happy where they live, and they shouldn't have to be crowded just because they live in affordable housing,” Mason said.
Mason said she has already contacted an architect to draw up plans for the rental home. She said she wants to have clear plans written down, with information about cost and other logistics, before she brings her proposal in front of the Chapel Hill Town Council.