Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro visited Raleigh last week to discuss the city's challenges providing affordable housing and sustainable development.
Castro was hosted by David Price, the Democratic Representative for North Carolina's 4th district, and the two conducted a round table discussion with local housing leaders focusing on the rising demand for affordable housing in the Raleigh area.
Price said in a statement he was proud of the work local organizations have accomplished in neighborhoods like Capitol Park, although he said more must be done.
“We must redouble efforts to provide all North Carolinians with safe, affordable housing, especially in communities like Raleigh where housing and rental prices are increasing so dramatically,” he said.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an estimated 12 million households currently pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes on housing, causing some people to be unable to pay for necessities like food, clothing, transportation and medical care.