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Durham CAN Wins Big: All Mayoral and City Council Candidates Pledge to Support Affordable Housing and Jobs


Durham CAN and tenants fight for basic repairs to bring houses up to code 

On October 26th, all Mayoral and City Council candidates pledged before 612 Durham CAN leaders to support building and preservation of affordable housing, as well as jobs for youth and returning citizens. 

All candidates pledged to invest, if elected, $2 million dollars on basic repairs to 54 properties which will now be affordable in perpetuity. During the public meeting CAN leaders also celebrated the future use of two publicly owned parcels of land (two and nineteen acres respectively) for the construction of hundreds of affordable housing units near a future transit development.


Durham CAN will work on affordable housing and jobs for youth and returning citizens

UrbanMatters Completes Preservation Project in DC

The renovation of Brightwood Communities (Valencia, Vizcaya, and Concord Apartments) is complete. UrbanMatters, the development company WIN co-founded, The Hampstead Group and LEDC partnered with the Brightwood Tenants’ Association to exercise their TOPA rights to preserve these units as affordable and upgrade them. The $24.9M project did substantial rehabilitation on the existing 130 apartments and included building an additional 10 units in the basements, as well as a new community room, computer room, management office and outdoor patio space. There will be on-site supportive services, including after school tutoring, financial literacy courses, and health and wellness training. The project received funding from DC Government and private lending institutions.

WIN Hits Milestone in Getting 150 Units of Housing on Public Land

Washington Interfaith Network in DC is celebrating the selection of a developer to build 150 units of affordable housing at 1125 Spring Road NW/Old Hebrew Home. WIN has been involved in the fight to redevelop this public land as needed affordable housing since 2009. The work is not done; WIN will organize neighbors to speak in support during upcoming zoning hearings and push for the city subsidy the project requires. Read more about the organizing leading up to the selection in the Washington City Paper here.

Lake County United Wins 19 Acres to Build Affordable Housing

LCU leaders gather to evaluate after the Warren Township meeting

On July 10th Lake County United leaders turned out and voted at the Warren Township Special meeting in favor of the Township selling 19 acres of vacant land, which allows Lake County United to pursue a plan to build 150 units of affordable housing.

AIM Celebrates Victory in Tackling Toxic Mold, Replacement of 4,100 Apartment Windows Begins

Northwest Park Residents and AIM Organizer, Katie Ashmore, celebrate installment of new windows

After two years of fighting for better living conditions, residents of the Northwest Park apartment complex in Silver Spring celebrated the beginning of the replacement of 4,100 windows in the 75-building complex. Action in Montgomery and the property’s mostly immigrant tenants won a $2 million agreement with property management to replace the windows due to toxic mold issues that have caused asthma in some of the tenants’ children. The project will take four years to complete.

Celebrating Organizer Leo Penta, “A Prophet of the Possible”

DICO held an action for Leo Penta in Berlin to celebrate his retirement from The Catholic University of Berlin. Leo remains the Director of DICO and will remain the key organizer in DICO's effort to develop 75 acres in the eastern part of Berlin. Below are the remarks of Jonathan Lange at the action.

Durham CAN Delivers Big on Affordable Housing

At the public demand of Durham CAN, the Durham City Council on Monday night awarded a $4 million grant that will allow the Durham Housing Authority to purchase Fayette Place, twenty acres of vacant and blighted land also known as Fayetteville Street Housing Project. The Housing Authority, and Campus Apartments, a Philadelphia based for-profit company which currently owns the land, have agreed to close on the deal no later than June 16th.

Since 2009, the land has remained vacant of everything but the foundations of a former public housing complex. Through careful research, CAN leaders uncovered and made public that the Durham Housing Authority had the option to buy back the land by August 6, 2017, given that contract conditions hadn't been met. Weeks after a 250-person press conference organized by Durham CAN at the site, the Durham Housing Authority declared Campus Apartments in default of the contract, beginning the process of reacquiring the land. During the most recent action attended by 560 people in April, CAN leaders secured commitments from Durham City officials to finance the purchase.

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