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Durham CAN Pressures City Council to Prioritize Affordable Housing in Downtown Durham

Durham CAN Pressures City Council to Prioritize Affordable Housing in Downtown Durham

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Durham CAN


Faith leaders, housing advocates, and public housing residents in Durham gather to remind city council leaders to use public land to build affordable housing so we can have a downtown for all.

Durham CAN pressured the Durham City Council to prioritize affordable housing on over 4 acres of city-owned land in the heart of Downtown. When Durham CAN heard the city was considering an outright sale of the land to the highest bidder, over a hundred leaders gathered at noon holding mirrors to remind council that what we do with land is a reflection of our values, and of who gets to be included in the flourishing of downtown. The mayor then presented a proposal at the city's work session that reflected our top priority and included all of our demands: a minimum of 80 units of affordable housing for families under 60% AMI, including a commitment for a developer to work with the Durham Housing Authority to accept residents with vouchers. Durham CAN won strong press coverage, including a front page story in the local newspaper.