The Orange County Affordable Housing Task Force will address the continuing problem of providing options for lower-income residents in a meeting today.
The task force will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Resources Center.
In recent years, real estate has become more expensive, creating a market too competitive for many medium-income families.
"It would be easy for Chapel Hill to become a city of college students and retirees," said James Ward, a member of the task force.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners established the task force in June to research ways to encourage affordable housing.
Dan Coleman, another member of the task force, said the committee planned to complete its resolutions by the end of the year.
"In the past decade, it has been increasingly difficult to find affordable housing," Coleman said. "We hope to generate ideas to better use resources."
Coleman said students are part of the housing problem.
"Students make the downtown areas less affordable," he said. "They share the rent for houses and apartments and therefore drive up the price."