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Monday November 28th

Affordable Housing



Pedestrians walk on Franklin Street in Chapel Hil, NC on September, 6 2022.

''To not grow isn’t really an option': Chapel Hill community debates future of housing

As Chapel Hill faces a growing housing deficit that places pressure on economic vitality and diversity, the Town is working to secure additional housing. These efforts include creating new regulations for construction and pursuing higher-density housing projects. However, some community organizations have cautioned that this new path brings its own social costs. According to the Town’s 2021 Housing Report, multi-family apartment units, which are home primarily to renters and have little connection to their surroundings, have dominated new constructions since 2010.

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Chapel Hill Town Hall stands on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. The Town of Chapel Hill announced on Aug.18 that they will be releasing $7.8 million to help fund affordable housing projects.

'This is my home': Chapel Hill to provide millions for affordable housing, help community

The Town of Chapel Hill announced on Aug. 18 that it will be releasing up to $7.8 million to help fund affordable housing projects in the area.  In addition to Town-initiated projects, outside agencies such as nonprofit affordable housing developers or other organizations that work towards affordable housing goals can apply for funding.  The Town is using a common funding application and will accept applicants until noon on Sept. 30.

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Layota Smith and Demonte Folks sit on their bed on July 24th. Smith and Folks are residents of University Gardens Condos in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Residents of University Gardens, affordable housing community, face eviction

On June 30, The landlord and owner of University Gardens, a Chapel Hill affordable housing community, sent eviction notices to some tenants informing them that they needed to leave by the beginning of August. A coalition of local organizations reached an agreement with the owner to extend the residents' notices until the end of September if the coalition balanced the outstanding dues of residents being evicted, covered their rent and provided a $500-per-lease incentive.

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