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Housing Call: November 8, 2022

Federal Updates

  • Today is Election Day! If you haven’t already, make a plan to cast your vote in the midterm elections. Voter information, including polling places and your sample ballot can be found on the state’s board of elections website, which is gov. Polling places in NC are open today from 6:30am-7:30pm.
  • Lawmakers have been focused on the election and there are not many updates out of Congress.
  • The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelesssness released a report urging communities to stop criminalizing homelessness. 48 states have laws that criminalize homelessness or poverty in some way. There’s been a 50% rise nationally in “camping bans” in the last 15 years. However, these types of laws are not effective and criminalization is more likely to exacerbate homelessness. A better approach is to treat homelessness as a housing and health crisis instead of a problem for the criminal justice system. 

State & Local Community Updates

  • Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County (Habitat Cabarrus) is one of more than 230 Habitat for Humanity affiliates organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help low-to-moderate income families construct and improve homes across the country. Habitat Cabarrus will receive $80,000 and use the funding to build four new homes in Kannapolis and Concord.
  • Asheville City Council unanimously approved changes to the manufactured home ordinance. Previously, manufactured housing could not be replaced on a site that had previously had manufactured housing if the site was left vacant for more than 180 days. The new ordinance removes this time limit, which is expected to preserve naturally-occurring affordability in the state’s most expensive rental market.
  • The Community Housing Coalition is launching a new program in Madison County to provide affordable replacement houses for qualifying program participants whose homes are beyond repair. A pilot phase for the Affordable Replacement Housing Program was completed at the end of 2020. Four more houses are expected to be built through this program by the end of 2024, with plans to expand that number in the future.
  • Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle held a concert that helped raise more than $1 million for affordable housing. The Mighty Giveback show raised $1,008,723, with proceeds going to 11 Triangle nonprofits, including
    • CASA
    • Community Empowerment Fund
    • EMPOWERment, Inc.
    • Families Together
    • Habitat for Humanity (Durham, Orange and Wake affiliates)
    • Hope Renovations
    • Housing for New Hope
    • InterAct
    • Passage Home

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