As college students sign leases for off-campus houses for the next school year, long-time neighborhood residents prepare for another year of increasing rent and additional college students.
The Northside neighborhood has long been known as a vibrant community. Dan Levine, assistant director of real estate at Self-Help Credit Union, said the area is unique because of its diversity in age and income.
“This diversity plus the rich history of the neighborhood, which is intertwined with the (town’s) civil rights movement and generations of the town and university workforce, is an asset,” Levine said.
That’s why UNC-Chapel Hill, Self-Help Credit Union, the Marian Cheek Jackson Center and the Town of Chapel Hill formed a partnership known as the Northside Neighborhood Initiative. The initiative aims to advance efforts of nonprofit organizations that address the needs and goals of the multi-generational community.
“The NNI helps show that collective action and collaboration--among local government, UNC, nonprofit agencies and community members themselves leads to better outcomes,” Levine said in an email. “Together we are helping preserve the future of a wonderful neighborhood while providing much-needed workforce housing for existing and new residents of the neighborhood.”