Bringing The World Home To You

© 2024 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Can Durham’s $95M Proposed Affordable Housing Bond Protect Low-Income Residents?

Durham skyline.
The redevelopment of downtown Durham fuels increasing housing and property costs in the city.

Durham is one of a number of North Carolina cities that have experienced rapid growth in the last decade.

Its downtown core is teeming with new businesses, and the mixed-use One City Center now towers over the city's landscape. As the community shifts, Durham has laid out an ambitious, and expensive, plan to curb displacement and gentrification.

The $95 million affordable housing bond will be on the ballot at the next municipal election on Nov. 5. The plan touts the construction of 1,600 new affordable housing units; the preservation of 800 affordable rental units; and 400 affordable home ownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers. Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC Data Reporter Jason deBruyn about the details of the bond and the political tension over the plan.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Related Stories
More Stories