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Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.

Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.

“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”

Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.

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Good Neighbor Initiative walk-around set for Aug. 21

Post Date:08/11/2017 10:58 AM
GOOD NEIGHBORS INITIATIVE

Now in its 14th year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean, safe and quiet. 

Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, teams of UNC students, staff and public safety officers, Chapel Hill police officers and town staff members, community groups and other volunteers will meet at the Hargraves Community Center before fanning out into neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chapel Hill. The teams visit students and year-round residents in the Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley and Davie Circle neighborhoods, Carrboro’s Lloyd Broad community, and south of Forest Hills, including Dawes, Coolidge and Pine Bluff Trails, with information about community services, local ordinances and alcohol laws, and good neighbor practices. Residents also will be invited to the Good Neighbor Block Party at the Hargraves Center on Thursday, Sept. 14.

For a light-hearted video highlighting the initiative, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTuMZsOyAZk&list=PL57E89BF640577EC2. The two-minute video was produced by a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism class led by adjunct professor Bruce Curran and professor Richard Simpson, who also play leading roles.

Sponsors are the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Police Department, Empowerment Inc., the Downtown Partnership, the Jackson Center, Town of Carrboro, Habitat for Humanity and several downtown businesses and community partners.

Media Contact: Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, 919-843-5827.

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