Action Items: Affordable Housing in Durham

The newly energized PA Housing Workgroup  has two urgent action items for members and supporters. See below for additional ways to get involved with the Housing group and their upcoming calendar of action.


ACTION ITEM #1 - Ask City Council & County Commission to add staff to plan affordable housing around transit stations.

Contact County Commissioners about Action Item #1.  [email protected]

Contact City Council about Action Items #1 & 2: [email protected]

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Dear City Council & County Commission Members:

In your FY13-14 budgets, please add Planning staff to work with the community to plan affordable homes around transit stations.  Now is the time to plan to preserve and build quality affordable homes near proposed transit.  Residents who are disabled, elderly, or working families need affordable homes near transit to get to work, school, and medical care.  Durham is required to do these plans to get state funds for transit.  The cost of additional Planning staff would come from fees, not taxes.  Thank you for your consideration of this request.


ACTION ITEM #2: Ask City Council to fund supportive homes for residents with special needs (extremely low income, disabled, or homeless).

Contact City Council about Action Item #1 & 2: [email protected]

Dear City Council Members:

This year, please budget at least $768,000 for supportive homes for residents with special needs.  Quality homes are needed for extremely low income people who are disabled or homeless.  Homes with support services will serve disabled veterans and chronically homeless residents.  Funding of at least $750,000/year will help us reach our goal of ending homelessness in Durham.   Thank you for your consideration.


Next Housing Workgroup  Meeting:  Thursday, May 23, 12:00noon-1:30pm, at Reinvestment Partners, 110 E. Geer St., 27701 (overflow parking on Mangum St. in front of Mike's Transmission).

Durham CAN Team meetings: Thursday, May 30, Eno Rive Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., 27707.

City Council Budget Hearing: Monday June 3, 7:00pm, City Hall.

County Commission Budget Hearing:  Monday, June 10, 7:00pm, County Commission Chambers.

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