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Housing Call: July 27, 2021

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North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week to prepare for budget debate

HOPE Program Numbers (as of Thursday 7/22):

  • 47,276 Total Applicants
    • 8,601 Reapplicants
    •  38,675 New applicants 
  •  67,188 Active Awards to 40,868 unique applicants for over $152.5 million
  • Mailed 1,953 checks for $3,981,497 in a single day (7/22)
  • Mailed a total of 35,624 checks for $72,889,635


Bipartisan Infrastructure Negotiations Continue as Senate Democrats Prepare Budget Resolution

Millions of Renters Face Eviction & Homelessness

Democrats press Biden to extend eviction ban


View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV – Eviction Protection Grant Program: 


National Low Income Housing Coalition- Direct-to-Tenant Payment Implementation: Increasing Flexibility and Equity in Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) – LSC Eviction Laws Database

Housing Policy Debate – Preventing Evictions after Disasters: The Role of Landlord-Tenant Law 


House Budget writers are considering allocating $200 million for gap financing to 2019-2020 LIHTC projects experiencing budget shortfalls due to increased costs related to COVID-19 and economic fallout.

Please contact the following members and staff via phone or email:

Member Phone # Email
Speaker Tim Moore (Cleveland) 919-733-3451

Dean Arp (Union) 919-715-3007

William Brisson (Bladen/Sampson) 919-733-5772

Dana Bungardner (Gaston) 919-733-5809

Jeffrey Elmore (Alexander, Wilkes) 919-733-5935

John Faircloth (Guilford) 919-733-5877

Kyle Hall (Rockingham, Stokes, Surry) 919-733-5609

Donny Lambeth (Forsyth) 919-733-5747

Jason Saine (Lincoln) 919-733-5782

Larry Strickland (Harnett, Johnston) 919-733-5849


Talking Points

Here are some ideas of points to raise when speaking with members:

  • Gap financing will go to projects awarded housing credits in 2019 & 2020. These are “shovel-ready” developments facing budget gaps due to unprecedented global events beyond anyone’s control. 
  • Without gap financing, these housing units may be indefinitely stalled or stopped altogether only deepening the state’s shortage of housing supply.
  • The state has access to historic levels of federal funds to utilize for recovery efforts. When considering what recovery efforts to fund, the state should be prioritizing activities such as affordable housing construction that has multiple layers of public benefits. 
  • Affordable housing construction is an important economic driver for the local economy, providing job opportunities and increased spending on local goods and services.
  • Housing developers: If you have a LIHTC project at risk, tell members about those projects – the need would be served in their communities. And also provide specific details about how and what has caused your specific project’s costs to increase due to the pandemic. 

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