Penny for Housing

Video presented at Chapel Hill Town Council on May 19, 2014 in support of the penny for affordable housing.

Please click here to sign the petition in support of the penny for housing and to learn more information about the housing coalition’s efforts.

This video was produced by Jon Young (Community Empowerment Fund) and Hudson Vaughan (Jackson Center). Contact us at hudson@jacksoncenter.info or jony@communityempowermentfund.org if you have any questions or feedback.

Thanks to the support of the many families and housing agencies who have been part of this effort.

“Community report maps housing, preservation strategy” – Chapel Hill News

Published April 24, 2013
By Tammy Grubb

CHAPEL HILL – Nine months after sitting down together, Northside neighbors and community leaders have a plan to improve the neighborhood.

It was created from the bottom up, said Della Pollock, executive director of the nonprofit Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Northside. Pollock, a professor in UNC’s department of communication studies, came up with the idea to work with the Durham nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help on the plan.

Northside, a historically black community in the heart of Chapel Hill, has struggled to balance the interests of students and longtime residents as the town has grown and the population has changed. In 1980, the U.S. Census found 1,159 black residents lived in the neighborhood. By 2010, there were 690.

With some 18,000 university students living off-campus, investors have snapped up homes, redeveloping and renting out one bedroom at a time. The return is more than a single-family home would generate, but it’s pricing out longtime residents. Those who remain said the close-knit area has been more transient, less friendly and overwhelmed by trash, noise, parking and parties.

Students will always live in Northside, said Dan Levine, Self-Help’s assistant director of real estate. Finding a balance will require working with the housing market instead of against it, he said.

Self-Help has led the 16-member Compass Group of residents, students and community advocates since July. More than 40 members of a resource group – including UNC, Chapel Hill and Carrboro officials, real estate professionals and business leaders – have been a sounding board and technical resource.

A $210,000 grant from the private, nonprofit UNC-affiliated Chapel Hill Foundation Real Estate Holdings Inc., is paying Self-Help, two design professionals and a market analyst, Levine said.

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