Affordable housing stock in Wake County is scarce to non-existent and the problem is growing at an exponential rate.
GOALS: To advocate for affordable housing in the community and educate and encourage individual landlords to offer low-cost housing options.
OPPORTUNITIES: Some things this CPN Roundtable could do:
- Identify, inventory and engage landlords and organizations in supporting affordable housing.
- Develop a process by which providing affordable housing to people considered “At Risk” is feasible.
- Support service providers willing to support housing initiatives through programs that reduce risk and defray the expense of landlords.
- Develop alternative funding resources, perhaps subsidies generated from non-profits, donations from local churches and congregations, and/or agency programs.
- Advocate for action to incentivize private sector support in building affordable housing stock.
Project Priorities – 5/23/2019
- Decided to focus on how to house those with challenges, including thos who are recently/formerly incarcerated, those who have mental health issues, and families.
- Review the challenges of each of these challenged groups, define their barriers, and come up with ideas for mitigating.
- Continue to encourage everyone to use the Coordinated Entry locations.
Project Priorities – 3/28/2019
- Develop investment opportunities which will help generate private interest in closing the affordable housing gap.
- Engage landlords and educate them about opportunities, including reentry, short-term, long-term, and affordable housing.
- Re-define “affordable housing.”
- Support/encourage service providers to support housing initiatives through programs that reduce risk and defray expenses to landlords.
- Leverage agencies to help mitigate risk for landlords.
- Accelerate agencies/renters pace in getting the renter in place.
- Recruit landlords currently involved in affordable housing to help engage/teach other landlords how to qualify for affordable housing.
- Find out more about the Real Estate Alternative (TREA) and OZONE (emergency housing for youth) opportunities.
- Develop alternative funding resources, including subsidies generated from non-profits, local congregations, fund drives, etc.
- Advocate for action/incentivize private sector support to build more affordable housing stock.
- CASA NC
- Catholic Charities of Raleigh
- Church in the Woods
- Families Together NC
- Interact of Wake County
- Legal Aid NC
- NC Department of Commerce
- North Raleigh Ministries
- The Carying Place
- Wake County – Human Services
- And advocate volunteers