Two new affordable housing projects are coming to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.
One — the Cobb Street project — is located in the Northside neighborhood. The second project, CASA's Perry Place community, will be located along South Merritt Mill Road.
Here's a little bit more about each project:
The Cobb Street project
On April 16, members of the Carrboro Town Council, volunteers, community members and future homeowners attended the wall raising event for an affordable housing project on Cobb Street.
The Cobb Street project, located in the Northside neighborhood, will be energy efficient and comprises four new units — two duplexes — for seniors and middle to low-income community members. The two units on the ground floor will be ADA-compliant. The homes target households earning between 30 to 80 percent of the area median income.
Quinton Harper, chairperson for Carrboro's Affordable Housing Advisory Commission, attended the wall raising ceremony. He said there is a need for affordable housing in the area as many folks are being priced out.
"There are more folks in our community who are struggling to find affordable housing, who are struggling to make ends meet because they are paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing," Harper said. "We know that the cost of living and minimum wage has not really increased to keep up with the rising costs of housing."
The Carrboro Town Council provided a $100,000 grant from its Affordable Housing Special Revenue Fund to help construct the new units. The Carrboro Town Council worked collaboratively, taking recommendations from many organizations, such as the Carrboro Affordable Housing Advisory Commission, Habitat for Humanity, Northside Neighborhood Initiative, Compass group and the Town of Carrboro.