Topics: Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is uniquely priced housing with a cost deemed affordable to low income households.

The Public Housing Department manages 336 apartments in 13 neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Tina Vaughn is the director of the department.

Those who wish to use public housing must be at least 18 years old, capable of living independently, have no history of being a disruptive neighbor and may not have a record of criminal activity involving violence or illegal drug activity. The total income of the occupant or occupants cannot exceed 50% of the median. 

Nearly a year after Matthew, hurricanes hit close to home ... again

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 In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, North Carolina continues to feel the effects of Hurricane Matthew.  


Competition for housing helps drive Chapel Hill rent up to highest in state

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Chapel Hill rent prices are rising — in February, the town saw a 6 percent jump in rent, according to a recent report on rental markets around the country.


CASA nonprofit to build more affordable housing in Chapel Hill-Carrboro

CASA, a nonprofit that builds affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness, is celebrating its 25th anniversary by building more affordable housing options in Carrboro.


Drones, new park update discussed by Carrboro Board of Aldermen Tuesday

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the new Martin Luther King Jr. Park, affordable housing and prohibiting drones on town property.


Orange County aims to have 1,000 affordable housing units by 2020

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Orange County is opening a request for proposals to use $2.5 million of the $5 million housing bond approved by voters last November.


Mixed Concrete art show raises $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity

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Students, community members and artists gathered together Saturday night at TRU Deli & Wine Bar to create awareness for affordable housing and raise money to help build a house for a Chapel Hill resident.


Cabe, Murrell won judge positions and two bonds passed

At the bottom of the ballots in Orange County, voters decided to support two bond referendums.


Recent graduates moving away from Chapel Hill to cities like Durham

UNC student Mason Lantay wants Chapel Hill to be the next Silicon Valley.


Raleigh faces challenges with affordable housing

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. 


Orange County Board of Commissioners moving forward with affordable housing plans

On Sept. 8, the Orange County Board of Commissioners moved forward with plans to implement more affordable housing options in Orange County.


Chapel Hill Town Council approves funds for affordable housing

On Monday, the Chapel Hill Town Council set aside $688,395 for affordable housing in the fiscal year 2016 budget and decided to allocate funds to several non-profits through the Affordable Housing Development Reserve.


Mark Marcoplos claims only non-incumbent seat on Board of Commissioners

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Mark Marcoplos claimed the at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners with 46.7 percent of the vote on March 15.


Raleigh nonprofit plans for affordable housing in Chapel Hill

This February, Raleigh nonprofit DHIC Inc. submitted its plans for building 80 affordable family apartments at 1721 Legion Road.


Carrboro woman petitions Chapel Hill Town Council to build affordable rental home

For Carrboro resident Lydia Mason, helping other people has always been second nature.


With occupancy down, housing increases efforts to keep students on campus

The number of students living on campus has hit a new low.


Tiny home project seeks to help mentally ill

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Tiny homes are becoming a viable housing option for homeless people with mental illness.


A look at homelessness in Orange County: Services, nonprofits work to lower the numbers

“Once I am well, I will find a job, then get back on my feet,” said Ronald Benfield, resident at the Inter-Faith Council Community House.


Mobile home numbers on the move

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As Betty Burnette shuffled around her living room, she discussed the disparity between her move-in day and her present day — the price of rent.


Grove Park apartments approved for redevelopment

The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved a development for the future Grove Park apartments, currently known as Townhouse Apartments, located on 425 Hillsborough Street.


Policy change makes public housing more accessible to homeless, formerly incarcerated

As a result of a recent policy change made in May of last year, public housing options have become much more accessible for the formerly incarcerated and homeless.


Letter: ​Nancy Oates supports affordable housing

TO THE EDITOR:

Affordable housing for people who work in Chapel Hill has been a significant issue for the current Chapel Hill Town Council for the past four years. Yet the council has managed to largely ignore the requirement for affordable housing with its recent decisions on Obey Creek, Ephesus Fordham and The Edge.


Board of Aldermen discuss Airbnb impact in Carrboro

Though Carrboro requires short-term rentals to obtain a special-use permit, many operations are not in compliance.


Community members protest Eller Capital Partners housing practices

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Kira Fisher is a tenant of the Chapel Hill apartment complex 86 North — but not for very much longer. 


With Section 8 issues, housing still uncertain

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Patricia Jones must leave her Chapel Hill apartment by May 1 to avoid eviction — but after weeks of searching, she still has no place to go.


Fate of Northside conservation district questioned

Disputes over regulations in the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District came to a head Monday when landlords petitioned to disband the entire district.