Thanks, Raleigh City Councilor, Mary-Ann Baldwin for stepping out to support local action on affordable housing. She asks a great question, “Why do we keep talking about what we can’t do?” Check out this article from the Raleigh Public Record:
Would you be willing to pay an additional $40 in property taxes to ensure affordable housing in Raleigh?
Raleigh City Council held a budget work session this week and spent a considerable amount of time discussing the need for affordable housing in the city and some potential sources of local funding to add to the amount of affordable housing being produced. Here is good recap from this morning’s N&O:
Check out this excellent piece written by Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford, for the World Economic Forum. Urbanization is occurring rapidly across the globe and adequate housing is at the center of the crisis. How will cities across the world respond to the housing needs in their cities with rapidly growing populations?
Yesterday, the Wake County Board of Commissioners hosted a three hour work session devoted entirely to the issue of affordable housing. As Commissioner Jessica Holmes shared, this is unprecedented in the history of Wake County.
Check out this report on the current state of Latino housing in North Carolina. There are some major disparities and major demographic trends that will have significant impact in the state over the next generation.
Thanks to the News & Observer for a great op-ed, by Chapel Hill attorney James Bartow, on the limited range of options that municipalities in North Carolina have to promote affordable housing. The op-ed appeared on November 20.
Habitat for Humanity has long held a belief that all of God’s children (meaning absolutely everyone) have a right to simple, decent, affordable places to live. In heated up markets, affordability falls prey to the market and many are left out.
What a troubling report in this morning’s News & Observer, citing a 23% increase in the number of homeless students in Wake County public schools. 2,376 students! That’s enough to fill an entire high school! Please do all you can to help Habitat Wake provide affordable housing and let’s not wait until these kids finish school or drop out—the need is urgent!
In a recent study by the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University researchers found stark differences in life expectancies based on neighborhoods in which the subjects live. The variations come in surprisingly close proximity. In Washington, D.C., for example, life expectancy can vary by seven years just between one subway stop!
There are many factors in a person’s life expectancy and surely housing is a primary one.