Livable Raleigh is concerned about the 2020 Affordable Housing Bond which is going to be on the November 3, 2020 ballot.  We want to help you, our friends and neighbors, learn about this important issue before you cast your vote.  
We invite you to attend the first Livable Raleigh Webinar, explaining the pros and cons of the Bond, on Monday evening, August 24th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. There is no charge for this event.  Register For the Webinar Here


The webinar program will cover the following topics:

    • Bond spending as currently proposed by the Mayor and City Council
    • Reviewing the timeline for this Bond process
    • Identifying the greatest needs and whether they’ll be met (Spoiler alert: Not so far)
    • Explaining the commitments we’ve asked the City Council to make before we vote on this Bond

A Question and Answer session will follow the program presentation.

We are very pleased to announce that Ms. Yolanda Taylor of Legal Aid of NC , an experienced Fair Housing attorney and a member of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, will join us as our expert panelist. Bob Geary, Wanda Gilbert-Coker and Hwa Huang, also members of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, will join Yolanda Taylor on the panel. Former City Councilor Russ Stephenson will be our moderator.

To register for the Livable Raleigh Webinar on the 2020 Affordable Housing Bond, please see the Registration link below.  This will generate an automatic email response which will include the link to entering the Webinar next Monday evening.  We encourage you to share this registration link with your friends and neighbors who may also want to attend this webinar to learn more about the 2020 Affordable Housing Bond.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you next Monday evening.

Best regards,
Susan Maruyama
Chair, Livable Raleigh



Ms. Yolanda Taylor of Legal Aid of NC leads a staff of social justice attorneys and paralegals who remove legal barriers to economic opportunities for their individual clients and their communities. She is an experienced Fair Housing attorney and a member of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition.  She is 2019 Leader in the Law Recipient, and 2019 Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award recipient.




Bob Geary is a writer whose experience spans newspaper and television reporting. He’s worked as communications director for business associations and political candidates. Most recently, he was a columnist for the Independent Weekly, a member of the Raleigh Planning Commission and a founding member of Livable Raleigh. He is also a member of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition.





Wanda A Gilbert-Coker is a proud SouthEast Raleigh resident, an experienced community and political organizer and Black liberation activist. Because she has been directly impacted by homelessness, she lends her voice and time advocating for low income housing.  She currently serves as the 3rd Vice Chair AAC-NCDP and is an active board member of Raleigh PACT and City of Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board as well as a committed member of Livable Raleigh, Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, Statewide Housing Justice Coalition,  Black and Brown Policy Network, Movement for Black Lives and North Carolina for Black Lives. 




Hwa Huang is currently a student at NC State University pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Science, and formerly a research fellow at the U.S. EPA. In addition to his goal to address environmental and public health concerns through science, he is also a local community organizer and activist. He is an active member of the local Sierra Club Capital Group, Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, Livable Raleigh, and a recently trained leader of Climate Reality.




Russ Stephenson is a LEED accredited architect, historic preservation professional and urban design consultant. He served 14 years as an At-Large Raleigh City Councilor and Mayor ProTem. He led Council efforts to incorporate principles of sustainable urban and environmental design, authentic community engagement and social equity in Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Ordinance and numerous community planning efforts. Russ is a member of Livable Raleigh and the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition.




You must register in advance for this webinar:

Register For the Webinar Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.