Faith leaders, housing advocates, and public housing residents in Durham gather to remind city council leaders to use public land to build affordable housing so we can have a downtown for all.
Durham CAN pressured the Durham City Council to prioritize affordable housing on over 4 acres of city-owned land in the heart of Downtown. When Durham CAN heard the city was considering an outright sale of the land to the highest bidder, over a hundred leaders gathered at noon holding mirrors to remind council that what we do with land is a reflection of our values, and of who gets to be included in the flourishing of downtown. The mayor then presented a proposal at the city's work session that reflected our top priority and included all of our demands: a minimum of 80 units of affordable housing for families under 60% AMI, including a commitment for a developer to work with the Durham Housing Authority to accept residents with vouchers. Durham CAN won strong press coverage, including a front page story in the local newspaper.