The collaboration, called Neighbors with Northside, was first announced on Jan. 20 and is part of a broader Habitat initiative to build nine homes in Northside.
“This is really the first time in 10 years that we’ve actually been able to build in Northside,” said Susan Levy, executive director of Orange County Habitat for Humanity.
Levy said that, of the nine lots needed, two were donated directly by the University and six were purchased through a land bank, which buys properties in Northside as they become available using money originally from a $3 million loan from UNC.
Meg McGurk, executive director of the downtown partnership, said the organizations have been planning Neighbors with Northside since the fall.
“Our role is to be a strong partner and advocate for the work that Habitat is doing,” McGurk said.
“It stems from an interest from our organization to support the large community value of affordable housing, to be a resource for our growing residential base downtown and to support the incredible work being done by the town, the University and community organizations in the Northside neighborhood.”
Savanna Melton, communications coordinator for Orange County Habitat, said the process of garnering support and donations is progressing well.
“Right now it’s in kind of the starting phases: encouraging people to get involved, to help build this home, and to really come together in the Northside community,” Melton said.