PA Statement on Penny for Housing and Five Year Housing Plan

On June 4th, PA joined with Durham CAN to advocate for increased funding in support of city-wide affordable housing for Durham’s most vulnerable residents and to applaud the City Council for dedicating a Penny for Housing in the FY2013 budget.


In the weeks leading up to the June 4th City Council meeting, members of PA’s Housing Committee met one on one with several City Council members to review and discuss draft versions of the City’s five-year housing budget. After reviewing early versions for how the City proposed to spend funds generated by the Penny, Housing Committee members were concerned that the plan did not allocate enough funds to support those families and individuals in greatest need of housing in our community.

Based on recommendations from the Housing Committee, PA’s Coordinating Committee requested that the City Council increase funds in the five-year housing budget for the following areas:


  • Rapid rehousing for people who are homeless. PA asked for at least $250,000 in FY 2013 and more in future years to continue this successful program.

  • Affordable rental housing city-wide. PA asked that at least $500,000 in FY 2013 be dedicated to this area and that at least 50% of the Penny be used to create quality rental homes for people with special needs, including the homeless, disabled, elderly, and other very low income people at or below 50% of the Area Median Income.

  • City second mortgages for builders of low-income, affordable homes.

For good accountability to taxpayers, PA also requested that the Penny be set aside with other dedicated funds in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with oversight by the Citizens Capital Improvement Panel (CCIP). PA also encouraged the City Council to involve the Durham community in developing a five-year plan for the Penny and other housing funds.

To learn more about the work of PA’s Housing Committee or read the full statement PA submitted to the City Council at the June 4th public hearing. If you’d like to join our housing committee, let us know ([email protected]).

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