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Housing Call: April 9,2024

NCHC Updates


Federal Updates

  • ACTION ALERT: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case Johnson v. Grants Pass on April 22. The case, which is the most significant case about the rights of people experiencing homelessness in decades, will ultimately decide whether people can be ticketed and arrested for sleeping outside when they have no other safe place to go. Our partners at the National Low Income Housing Coalition have created a National Week of Action Advocacy Toolkit that can be used to plan events and take action during the week of April 22. We’ve linked it in the call notes.

Also, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, along with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is hosting a webinar about the case titled The Supreme Court and the Criminalization of Homelessness TODAY from 2 -3 p.m. The webinar will feature:

  • Steve Berg, The Alliance
  • Marisol Bello, Housing Narrative Lab
  • Jesse Rabinowitz, National Homelessness Law Center
  • Brooke Schipporeit, NLIHC
  • Donald Whitehead, National Coalition for the Homeless

We encourage you to register and tune in to learn more about what you and your organizations can do to oppose the criminalization of homelessness and advance long-term solutions.

Want to learn more? Check out the more than 40 amicus briefs submitted by over 1000 organizations opposed to the criminalization of homelessness: Johnson v. Grants Pass Amici


State Updates

  • C. Housing Finance Agency approved to issue $750M in revenue bonds to address housing crisis
    • The Local Government Commission approved a request from the NC Housing Finance agency for $750M in revenue bonds. Funds will be used to increase the supply of low and moderate income housing in NC. Proceeds from the bond will be used to buy mortgage loans and related obligations from lenders. In a press release announcing the funding, the Department of the State Treasurer  cited the 2024 NLIHC Gap Report, which found that there are 326,751 extremely low-income households in North Carolina, but only 130,930 affordable rental homes.

State Legislative Updates 



Local Community Updates

  • Planning board finalizes draft on tougher short-term rental rules for Buncombe County The Buncombe County Planning Board has released the final draft of the proposed short-term rental text amendment.  The proposed changes would grandfather in existing short-term rentals, but place limits on the location and size of future short term rentals. A final public hearing and planning board vote will be held on April 22 at AB Tech’s Ferguson Hall.
  • Nonprofits lay out plan to end homelessness in Charlotte The United Way of Greater Charlotte recently updated city leaders on the “A Home for All” plan to find comprehensive solutions to homelessness. The effort is led by Charlotte nonprofits with the help of public and private funding, As part of the implementation, over $1M has been allocated for the current fiscal year to provide incentives to landlords who accept housing vouchers. Landlord incentives are a crucial part of expanding access to available units. INLIVIAN, formerly the Charlotte Housing Authority, reported that the waitlist for public housing and vouchers has grown from 3,500 households in 2013 to 50,000 in 2022. The plan also calls for the preservation of naturally occurring affordable housing and an emergency shelter. The United Way plans to request funds in the upcoming budget cycle from both the city and county to continue funding implementation of various strategies.
  • Biden-Harris Administration Announces $17.6 Million to Help Communities Add Affordable Housing Near Transit | FTA The Federal Transit Authority recently announced the recipients of 20 grants to support equitable transit-oriented development. The City of Greensboro will receive $500K to study strategies for transit-oriented development around the Gaylon Depot, Greensboro’s multimodal downtown transportation center. The study will consider ways to revitalize the surrounding area through economic opportunities and integrating a wider array of housing options. Gaylon Depot, which is used by Amtrak, provides opportunities for residents to easily commute to work and other opportunities.
  • Hyde County Educational Foundation awarded Outer Banks Community Foundation grant – The Coastland Times

The Hyde County Educational Foundation received a $25K grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The money will help cover architectural fees for proposed teacher and workforce housing on Ocracoke Island. Because of the lack of year-round rental housing and affordable home ownership opportunities, the Hyde County School System has struggled to recruit and retain teachers. The State has also set aside funds to help Hyde County with the development of teacher housing.




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