Affordable Housing Team

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    Lorisa Seibel ( or 919-801-6863)
Coalition for Affordable Housing and Transit Regular Meetings
    3rd Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm (starting in February 2017)
    First Presbyterian Church, 305 E Main Street, 27701.
People’s Alliance is leading the Coalition for Affordable Housing & Transit so residents of all incomes can afford to live near rail transit stations and bus hubs in Durham.  We need your help to achieve our Affordable Housing Goal in a Resolution, adopted unanimously by the City Council and County Commission. The Resolution sets a goal of 15% homes within a half-mile of each transit station to be affordable to residents earning less than 60% of area medium income (less than $40,000 for a family of 4). These are homes affordable to starting teachers, fire fighters, police officers and nurses, as well as Teacher Assistants, Nursing Assistants, and anyone working for minimum wage.  PA had to fight for the goal to apply to each station instead of concentrating affordable housing around just one stop. We are working to with the City, County, nonprofits, and developers to implement this goal by including affordable homes in new development and preserving homes and land around transit stops.


"The Big G: Gentrification and the Dynamics of Neighborhood Change":  Click here to download presentation materials.

  • Mohamed Elhosary
    commented 2016-04-21 13:11:06 -0400
    do you think $50,000 for a house is too much ! i dont think so . you in my country which is one of the poor countries around the world ; if you want to own a house good to live in you need at least the double of this budget.
  • Lorisa Seibel
    commented 2014-12-02 22:25:52 -0500
    “If there is no struggle, there is no progress….Power concedes nothing without a demand." Fredrick Douglass, 1857 (corrected date).
  • Lorisa Seibel
    commented 2014-12-02 22:24:25 -0500
    THANKS to all of the People’s Alliance folks who stood up for keeping Durham affordable on December 1, 2014. We made progress, and must continue the struggle for homes for all Durham residents.
    THANKS to Steve Schewel and Diane Catotti who pushed for more time to work on an agreement to keep 15% of homes affordable to working people BEFORE increasing density allowed at a future light rail station. Unfortunately, the rest of City Council did NOT support more time to keep homes affordable long-term.
    HOWEVER, Steve Schewel convinced the developer, Rob Everett, to keep rents of 72 homes on the property affordable to people at 60% Area Median Income (around $27,000 to $39,000/year) for ONE year. Everett also agreed to give the City $25,000 to help with a plan to preserve and create affordable homes, AND Diane Catotti got him to agree to give $23,000 to Durham Public Schools. He said he would help with the plan and consider incentives to preserve or create affordable homes himself.

    “If there is no struggle, there is no progress….Power concedes nothing without a demand." Fredrick Douglass, 1957.

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