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Student Corner: CDFIs and Affordable Housing

February 5, 2015

This post is part of our series on North Carolina CDFIs. CDFIs are financial institutions that expand access to capital in low-wealth and underserved communities in order to foster economic development and revitalization. See previous posts in the series: an overview of the role of CDFIs in North Ca … Read more

Building Healthy Rural Communities in North Carolina

February 3, 2015

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is framing a new place-based initiative around an important question related to the long-term prosperity and vitality of rural communities in the state: What if rural North Carolina was a healthy place? For example: • What if fewer people suffered from diabetes? … Read more

What are the Community Development Implications of Racial Segregation in North Carolina?

January 13, 2015

A series of reports on the impacts of racial exclusion from the UNC Center for Civil Rights demonstrates that North Carolina’s racially segregated African American and Latino neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from inequality in living conditions related to housing, environmental justice, polit … Read more

Student Corner: Innovative Programs to End Homelessness

December 26, 2014

As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with population projections calling for as many as one million additional residents by 2040, cities in the Research Triangle face an increasing challenge to meet housing demand, specifically for those experiencing homelessness and earning very lo … Read more

Student Corner: The Potential of Micro-Housing to Expand Affordable Housing Options

December 11, 2014

A coalition in Greensboro is spearheading a campaign that would bring a relatively recent innovation in permanent supportive housing to North Carolina. An outgrowth of the increasingly popular tiny house movement, the development of multiple, standalone units connected to specialized services is gai … Read more

Student Corner: Affordable Housing: A Look at Programs in two of North Carolina’s Fastest Growing Cities

October 2, 2014

Summer 2014 saw increased attention paid to the issue of housing affordability in America with reports by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the New York Times highlighting the squeeze low and middle income households face from ever-incr … Read more

New Tool Helps Communities Assess the Affordability of Services

September 23, 2014

When the five small water systems in Hampton County, South Carolina decided to band together to create the Lowcountry Regional Water System (LRWS), they, like many other small water systems across the country, faced a number of managerial and financial obstacles. Among these challenges were a flat g … Read more

Student Corner: Land Banks in Action: Cuyahoga County, Ohio

July 10, 2014

A previous post by Tyler Mulligan explained how North Carolina local governments can utilize land banks to address vacant, abandoned, and tax foreclosed properties in their community. Additionally, case studies of land banks in Genesee County, Michigan and Fulton County, Georgia highlighted some uni … Read more

Student Corner: Land Banks in Action: Fulton County, Georgia

June 12, 2014

A previous post by Tyler Mulligan explained how local North Carolina governments can utilize land banks to address vacant, abandoned, and tax foreclosed properties in their community. Another post provided a case study of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority in Genesee County, Michigan. This post … Read more

Student Corner: Tackling Blight & Vacancy: An Update on Durham’s Demolition Lien Program

May 22, 2014

In 2010, you might have read a post on our blog regarding tools available to local governments for dealing with foreclosures. The economic crisis resulted in a record number of foreclosures in North Carolina, leaving vacant properties in its wake. Four options available to local governments to tackl … Read more