On August 6, the City held an open house for affordable housing at the John Chavis Memorial Park Community Center. More than 1,000 locals came to learn about the initiatives and resources available for housing in the area.

Housing affordability is influenced by a variety of factors, including building prices and the overall number of homes on the market. Over time, rent prices have risen in Raleigh as well, but household income has not kept pace. The disparity is anticipated to deepen as the City develops, making it more challenging for residents to find an inexpensive, secure place to live.

The City of Raleigh has made it a high priority to find creative, easily accessible, and urgent solutions for the affordable housing crisis. The occasion highlighted different City initiatives and locally supported initiatives that aid citizens who are having trouble finding affordable housing.

The assistant city manager, Evan Raleigh, predicted that there would be more occasions like this in the future. One of the most important lessons we’ve already learned, in my opinion, is how important and in-demand this kind of information is.

The Housing and Neighborhoods Department of the City of Raleigh held the open house, which offered details on the resources and housing initiatives that are offered there. Residents had the chance to learn about topics such as affordable rental developments, homebuyer assistance, homeowner repairs, neighbourhood revitalization programmes, and small business development initiatives. They also had the chance to ask staff members questions and connect with other services provided by community partners.

There were nonprofit groups from the community as well as outside organisations that offered emergency shelter, homelessness and quick rehousing assistance, as well as other public services, at the event. Resources for Seniors, Evergreen Construction, the NC Homeowner Assistance Fund, the Housing Justice Project with Campbell Law School, DHIC, Triangle Family Services, Passage Home, Southeast Raleigh Promise, and the Raleigh Area Land Trust were some of the organisations involved.

A wide range of City service areas were also represented because every person has varied demands. Planning and Development, Raleigh Water, Solid Waste Services, Sustainability, Stormwater, Equity and Inclusion, Community Engagement, GoRaleigh, and Raleigh Parks were among the organisations highlighted during the event.

The City is dedicated to fostering the growth of affordable housing in Raleigh and supporting its creation. The City set an ambitious target in 2016 to build 570 affordable housing units year for 10 years, totaling 5,700 housing units by 2026. About half of the 10-year goal has already been accomplished by the City.

Please visit raleighnc.gov/housing for a list of options offered by the City of Raleigh if you were unable to attend the programme.