Highlights from October 10 Work Session and Public Comments Meeting
Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan makes a clear commitment to sustainability and focuses on the “interdependent relationships of environmental stewardship, economic strength and social integrity.” It emphasizes the provision of economic and housing opportunities for all segments of the population in all areas of the city… including “aging in place.” It strongly promotes protection, restoration and preservation of the environment and existing neighborhoods; “of careful infill development that complements existing character and responds to natural features” … “the conservation of urban, suburban and native forests” … “preserving its natural landscapes” … “wildlife and habitat protection” and on and on.
Now that voters have passed an affordable housing bond in Raleigh, it's time to roll up our sleeves and remain engaged. Here are recommendations from the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition's Yolanda Taylor for a plan forward towards ensuring that Raleigh grows as...
More than 16,000 Raleigh households with very low incomes pay rents equal to more than half of their earnings. How did we NOT know that? A citizens’ Task Force would shine a light on the crisis and offer real solutions..
The Coalition: “[It] is a failure of leadership, and a slap in the face of Raleigh’s stated efforts to achieve equity in our programs, to expand help for those who have more while short-changing those who have less.”
Carmen Cauthen’s “History of Housing in Raleigh” is context for tomorrow night’s “Affordable Housing Bond: The Great Debate”
After 1916, Oberlin Village was a textbook case of white gentrification of a formerly black community. Dial ahead 100 years: The gentrification of formerly all-black Southeast Raleigh is history repeating itself.
After months of encouragement, City Council finally offered a small commitment toward meeting the most pressing needs of Raleigh’s growing affordable housing crisis. Livable Raleigh continues to encourage the Raleigh City Council to commit at least 50% of annual housing funds to the critical documented needs for households at or below 30% AMI.
In the current issue of INDYWeek, Courtney Napier challenges the Raleigh City Council to center their Affordable Housing Bond on our city’s most pressing housing needs rather than on development profits.
“My quick analysis is that the recommendations are better than nothing, but they fall far short of what’s needed to help those in the greatest need. … Raleigh, we STILL have a problem.”