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Affordable housing in Chapel Hill pictured on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.

UNC faculty face housing shortage with rising prices, decreasing availability

As housing prices continue to rise in Chapel Hill, UNC faculty and staff share their difficulties finding affordable housing throughout the Triangle area. The ever-climbing prices have triggered unprecedented financial stress. One professor believes the housing situation in Carrboro is on par with living in the most expensive places in the world. It's a shame when most of the faculty and staff who work in Chapel Hill can't live in Chapel Hill,” Scott Geier, teaching assistant professor of digital storytelling and journalism, said. “Because that affects the diversity and the dynamic of the campus.”

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‘Absolutely ridiculous’: Students struggle to find on- and off-campus housing

Six hundred UNC students are on the waitlist for fall 2023 on-campus housing. Last year, there were 422. That's an increase of 42.18 percent. The University said in a statement it is common to have a shortage in the next semester's housing availability at this point in the year. Carolina Housing will provide a room for every student who wants to live on campus. “Prices for (off-campus) housing are just absolutely ridiculous,” Jaleah Taylor, a UNC sophomore currently living in Morrison Residence Hall, said. “And that’s why people have to live on campus now — because it’s just so expensive to live off campus.”

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Cornell Watson, the photographer behind "Tarred Healing," poses for a portrait in his Durham office on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. "Tarred Healing" is a photo story reflecting on Black history in Chapel Hill and at UNC. 

'Tarred Healing' debuts at National Civil Rights Museum nearly a year after UNC pulled the display

Almost a year "Tarred Healing" was pulled from display at the University, Cornell Watson's photo project debuted at National Civil Rights Museum.  The exhibit features Black history in Chapel Hill, with photographs of places on UNC's campus that are relevant to the University's racial past.   “When you do things the right way, when you are connected with the community that you are creating something about, they will stand behind you in those turbulent times,” Watson said. “It was really gratifying to have the Black community of Chapel Hill stand behind this and really kind of become family.”

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