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Durham County Responds To Its Eviction Crisis

an eviction notice on a front door
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North Carolina is a hotspot in the nation’s eviction crisis. As of 2016, the state’s rate of evictions and eviction filings were nearly double national rates. New reporting shines a light on the specific problems in Durham County, where gentrification is pushing out long-time residents and advocates say the city is in a time of crisis.

Data from the Eviction Lab shows that the rate of eviction filings in Durham County in 2016 was nearly twice the statewide rate. So, what are city and county officials doing to remedy the problem?

Host Frank Stasio talks to Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan about her reporting on housing, evictions and public policy. Vaughn is a government and politics reporter for The News & Observer and The Herald Sun who has covered Durham for more than a decade.

She outlines the work of the Durham Eviction Diversion Program; the $10 million affordable housing loan fund to be launched this summer in Durham; and the $95 million affordable housing bond that will be on the ballot in November. She also shares her reporting on a proposed policy from local government leaders on how to handle tent camps in Durham County.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
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.