The Carrboro Housing and Community Services Department presented its 2021-22 fiscal year activities report at the Carrboro Town Council Meeting on Tuesday.
The presentation included information about the department’s focus on racial equity, its goals for the upcoming year and the Emergency Housing Assistance program.
Anne-Marie Vanaman, the interim director of Carrboro Housing and Community Services, said the department has begun racial equity assessments of its two funding programs — the Affordable Housing Special Revenue Fund and the Human Services program.
The Human Services program assessment was completed this fall, and Vanaman said the department hopes to slowly implement the assessment's recommendations throughout the fiscal year 2024.
She added that the department has already taken steps to address equity, such as offering translation services for public hearings in Spanish.
Vanaman said the Affordable Housing Special Revenue Fund assessment will be reviewed at the end of November.
“We anticipate any key findings from there, or any recommendations, to be rolled into the program probably over the summer and for the next year’s cycle,” she said.
The Emergency Housing Assistance program, administered by Orange County, has served 2,593 households in the county since January 2020, with Carrboro residents representing 28 percent of those served, she said.
Vanaman said that 49 percent of the households in the county that are served by the program are Black households, and 74 percent of the households are "extremely low income," or earn below 30 percent of the area median income.