Anne-Marie Vanaman has been selected to be the new director of Housing and Community Services for the Town of Carrboro following a national search for candidates.
The final selection was made by Town Manager Richard J. White III, and the national search was conducted by Baker Tilly, a consulting firm hired by the Town.
Vanaman had previously served as interim director for the Housing and Community Services Department and has worked with providing affordable housing for Carrboro and Orange County for over 15 / 20 years.
She said one of the most important aspects of her goals for the Town is promoting racial equity in accordance with the Town's comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2022.
“That just really encompasses all of our work, because housing impacts all areas of life and well-being,” Vanaman said. “If you are living in a substandard home, it's going to impact your health, it's going to impact the educational outcomes of children, it ripples across everywhere.”
In an email, Vanaman said the housing projects she plans to pursue include seeking funding and resources for homeownership counseling services, increasing funding for weatherization and preservation services, partnering with affordable housing developers to acquire more land for the Town and pursuing state and federal housing grants.
Before working for the Town, Vanaman worked for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, helping to meet fundraising goals to build affordable housing communities.
“There’s nothing quite like going to a home dedication ceremony within that new neighborhood,” she said.
She said her work with Habitat for Humanity was rewarding because she was able to have a “direct tangible impact” on the lives of new homeowners, and that she is proud of the organization and its volunteers' efforts.