Welcome to the website of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition (OCAHC). Please use the above tabs to navigate the site.
Our top accomplishment in 2014 was the Chapel Hill Town Council adopting in the budget a “Penny for Housing”. Our organization and the Town of Chapel Hill received a statewide award for this work! The Coalition also focused on helping educate citizens and elected officials, working with private developers to incorporate affordable housing in their projects, and a variety of other issues. We look forward to building on our collective success in 2015.
Thanks to everyone who helped support the Penny for Housing, which Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted tonight as part of its annual budget.
The Town’s fiscal year 2015 budget now includes $689,000 of general funds set aside to support affordable housing development and preservation, an amount equal to nearly one penny of the property tax rate. Notably, Town Council and staff found these funds without needs to increase the property tax rate. This is great news for making Chapel Hill a more diverse and inclusive community, and the members of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition are committed to helping the Town and its new Housing Advisory Board to spend the money wisely.
Thank you again to Town Council, Town staff, and the hundreds of supporters who signed onto our pledge to support the Penny for Housing. Stay tuned to this website for more updates going forward.
Our partners at the Community Empowerment Fund and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center put together a great, inspiring video in support of the Penny for Housing. Please take a look and share it around: