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Policy Update 11-2-22

NCHC Updates

The 2022 County Profiles feedback survey is now closed! Thanks to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts with us. Your responses provided valuable insight into how you use this tool and how we can best support you in your work. Our staff are busy discussing how to incorporate your ideas into the County Profiles and brainstorming additional NCHC resources to meet your needs. 

Big themes that emerged from your feedback:

  • You use them, thank you!
  • You’d like to see more information about: eviction & foreclosure rates, homelessness, and median rents and mortgages. 
  • You use these profiles across a variety of audiences: community members, elected officials, partner organizations, funders & donors, and volunteers. 

Advocacy Opportunity
Sign your organization onto the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding’s letter, urging Congress to work together to ensure affordable housing and community development programs receive the highest funding possible in fiscal year 2023. 

Source of Income Discrimination Updates
We’ve made a few corrections and clarifications to our recent piece on the Source of Income Discrimination. The updated version can be found here and reflects the following cities’ adoptions of Source of Income resolutions and policies: 

  • City of Raleigh – March 2021
  • City of Winston Salem – June 2022
  • City of Charlotte – July 2022
  • Mecklenburg County – September 2022

Federal Updates

HUD Announces Creation of the RUSH Program
Last week, HUD announced the creation of the Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing program (RUSH). The program provides longer-term direct rental assistance and supportive services for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. This is great news after years of  advocacy from NLIHC and other supporters. RUSH is similar to the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), which both Republican and Democrat administrations have supported but FEMA has failed to activate in recent years. HUD will use $56 million in reallocated ESG funds to fund RUSH and has already made its first set of allocations ($6.7M) in response to Hurricane Ian in Florida. 

HUD Releases DDAs, QCTs for 2023
The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development recently released 2023 difficult development areas (DDAs) and qualified census tracts (QCTs). LIHTC properties built in a DDA or QCT can boost their eligible basis by up to 30%. New QCT and DDA designations will go into effect January 1st, 2023. There are 13 NC counties on the non-metropolitan DDA list, and 10 different HUD Metro FMR areas and specific zip codes within them on the metropolitan DDA list. HUD makes these designations based on the modified small area fair market rents, FY2022 income limits, and 2020 Census population counts.

State Updates

Midterm Elections
We’re one week away from Election Day!  NC early voting continues until 3pm on Saturday, Nov. 5. Polling places in NC will be open on election day from 6:30am-7:30pm

NCHFA Notice of Funds: Supportive Housing Development Program
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency recently announced a notice of funds for their Supportive Housing Development Program’s 2023 funding cycle. Program guidelines and additional application information can be found on the Agency’s website.

Local Updates

Watauga Co. Nonprofit Receives Home Repair Funding
WAMY Community Action received a $7.5K donation from Bank of America to help preserve affording housing in Watauga County in WNC.  This funding fills an urgent need for home repairs in the county. Last year, over half of all of the home repair requests WAMY received were deferred because there weren’t enough unrestricted funds to meet the county’s needs. 

Asheville Allocates Funding to Housing Trust Fund, Amends Manufactured Housing Ordinance
Last week, Asheville City Council allocated $6M to the city’s Housing Trust Fund. This allocation comes from $6.5M in bond funds left from the 2016 housing bond. The remaining $500K will be set aside for activities on city-owned land. Next week, Buncombe County will vote on a $40M affordable housing bond. 

Council also 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

Bridging the Digital Divide in a Charlotte Affordable Housing Community
NC organizations Eliminate the Digital Divide and the Center for Digital Equality hosted an event to address the digital divide last Thursday at an affordable housing community in Charlotte’s Westerly Hills neighborhood. More than 150 residents received free laptops and information about the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program. 

Triangle Tax Assistance Programs for Low-Income Homeowners
Durham County and Orange County’s property tax assistance programs for low-income homeowners are accepting applications. Both programs expanded eligibility this year by reducing the length of time an applicant has to have lived in their home from 10 years to 5 years and have already received over double the total number of applications received last year. 

  • Durham County Low-Income  Homeowners Relief applications are being accepted through January 31
  • Orange County Longtime Homeowner Assistance program applications are being accepted through December 1

The Oak Foundation Donates to Weaver’s Grove Project in Orange County
Habitat for Humanity of Orange Co. announced last week that they received a $1M donation from the Oak Foundation for their Weaver’s Grove project,  The 237-unit neighborhood will contain both market rate and Habitat homes. 

Wake County Secures $47M to Preserve Affordable Housing
Wake County secured a $47M bank loan for their Affordable Housing Preservation Fund. This loan, combined with financial commitments from both the City of Raleigh and Wake County brings the Fund’s total to almost $62M.  Developers and nonprofits that want to purchase, rehabilitate, or maintain affordable apartments can apply for loans from the Fund. The program is expected to preserve the naturally-occuring affordability of around 3,200 units over 15 years.

Rocky Mount Funds Local Shelter in Need
Rocky Mount City Council voted last week to award United Community Ministries Community Shelter $50K in CDBG-CV funds. City Council also voted earlier in October to award the shelter a $30K grant. This funding is expected to keep the community shelter, which has served 158 individuals this year, from being forced to shut its doors due to lack of funding.

Cumberland County Funding for Rent Assistance Program
Last week, Cumberland County Board of commissioners approved an infusion of $500K in ARPA dollars for the county’s rent assistance program. The County also expects to receive another $1.7M in ERA dollars that will go towards rent assistance. The program has been on hold since January, at which time it had provided over $14M in rent assistance. Applications were expected to reopen November 1. 

Wilmington Donates Land to Cape Fear Habitat
Last week, Wilmington City Council approved the donation of 3 parcels of land on the city’s Northside to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The organization will use the donated parcels to build affordable homes. 

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In the News

Bungalows to hit the market: Affordable complex faces uncertainty | The Davidsonian

Construction begins on affordable housing development | WCCB 

Residential bidding wars may be over in Charlotte, but concerns about affordability aren’t | WFAE

Charlotte and the state’s “difference of philosophies” on addressing affordable housing Charlotte Axios

How Charlotte can learn from other cities, while creating opportunities for innovating housing ideas here locally | WCNC

Advocates call on Charlotte City Council to do more to make housing affordable | WSOC TV

Charlotte senior community breaks ground | Multi-Housing News

NC Housing Finance Agency awards Chapel Hill over $10 million for affordable housing complex | The Daily Tar Heel

Raleigh, Burlington housing markets rank in top 15 in U.S. | WRAL

Project to provide affordable housing for those with mental illness | The Chatham News + Record

Learning to live with water, again: Lumbee face hard decisions about nature and NC storms | The Fayetteville Observer 

Fayetteville City Council approves $450,000 plan for adding affordable housing in Murchison Corridor, entering next phase | Up and Coming Weekly 

KDH ponders ways to ease housing crunch | The Outer Banks Voice

Nags Head Board approves development moratorium | The Outer Banks Voice 

Wilmington Housing Authority updates commissioners on displaced residents | WECT

16 projects, 4,562 housing units: How did we get here? | Santa Monica Daily Press

Most SoCal towns ignored deadline for affordable housing plans | GlobeSt

​​San Antonio reaches ‘House America’ goal for ending homelessness | Bloomberg

Gainesville commissioners eliminate single-family zoning citywide after split 4-3 vote | The Gainesville Sun

DC wins largest-ever civil penalty in US Housing discrimination suit | Bloomberg

Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams announce completion of $62 million affordable housing development in the Bronx | Real Estate Weekly

Coastal businesses’ hurricane recovery depends on rebuilding affordable housing | The Conversation

Amid end to COVID help, homelessness surging in many cities | AP News

HUD awards $84 million to help end youth homelessness | HUD 

Homeless voters face barriers to the ballot box, experts say | NY1

Rent going up? One company’s algorithm could be why | ProPublica

IRS announces 27 states to share in $5.4 million in reallocated LIHTCs | Novogradac

Treasury announces $5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit awards to revitalize low-income and distressed communities | CDFI Fund 

Housing prices: Why real estate is plummeting, but not everywhere. | Slate

Letter: Why I support the affordable housing bond referendum | Mountain Xpress

[Opinion] The US has an affordable housing shortage. Here’s what Congress can do to fix it | The Hill

[Opinion] Is Wall Street really to blame for the affordable housing crisis? | The New York Times

[Opinion] End of the endless post-storm recovery | The Hill

[Opinion] Eviction reduction should be an explicit goal of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program | Shelterforce

[Op-Ed] President Biden’s plan to boost affordable housing is unprecedented — and necessary | Yahoo Finance

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