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Housing Call: October 18, 2022

Guest Speaker

Shawn Heath, Director of Housing & Neighborhood Services, City of Charlotte

Federal & State Updates

  • Things remain quiet in Washington while incumbents are busy at home campaigning for the midterm elections, which are 3 weeks from today.
  • Cory Booker was in Charlotte over the weekend to campaign for former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley’s Senate race. The NC Senate race remains one of the tightest races in the nation, although recent polls have Republican congressman Ted Budd taking a slight lead.
  • Last Thursday, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge recognized the Greenville, NC Housing Authority during a progress update on the Emergency Housing Voucher program.
    • EHV program was created through the American Rescue Plan Act and includes service fees that can be used to help high-barrier families obtain housing. Fudge’s update celebrates the lease-up of over half of all EHVs nationwide. HUD reports that in Greenville, 96% of all EHVs are being utilized. The Housing Authority is using service fees to fund landlord incentive and risk mitigation programs and to provide assistance with application fees and security deposit for EHV program participants.

NCHC Reminder

  • County Profiles: As the end of the year quickly approaches, the policy team here at the NC Housing Coalition is working on updating our County Profiles, which provide a snapshot of housing needs for each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

They provide data on cost-burdened households paying at least 30% of their income on housing, a comparison on what different jobs pay, as well as changes in home prices, foreclosures, and rental options in our communities. The foundational goal of The County Profiles is to be used by advocates in their communities and with their local and state elected officials as an education tool around the housing issues that we all face in our cities and towns. In this week’s Housing Matters, you will see a link to a survey as well as links to several iterations of the County Profiles going back to 2013. We want to know how you use them, what the most important part of them is for you, and how we can improve the data and framing of information. The survey will remain open until Oct 27.

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