No thriving town has enough affordable housing. The housing market works differently from traditional consumer supply-and-demand, because unlike your decision to not purchase a product if you can’t find what you’re looking for in your price range, you have to have housing, even if it means overpaying for it.
My voting record on council shows my commitment to expecting developers to contribute to the community, the same community that ensures the profitability of a development project. Years before I was elected, I began lobbying for inexpensive housing to be mixed into wealthier neighborhoods, for people to feel proud of the neighborhood they come home to, and to avoid creating “poor” sections of town. I’m beginning to see those efforts pay off.
Town staff has taken my suggestion to hold focus groups to learn what housing options town employees want that would persuade them to live in Chapel Hill. I will represent those views, along with what I’ve heard from others who work in our schools, hospital, university, restaurants and elsewhere in town, as we decide how to spend the $10 million affordable housing bond voters approved last year.