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.
Mayor Hemminger Participates in DACA Day of Action
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is participating in the Mayors’ National Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Day of Action today (Tuesday, Aug. 29) to show support for the DACA program.
Organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, local leaders from across the country are speaking out in support of DACA and Dreamers.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides employment authorization and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16 and has benefitted nearly 800,000 undocumented youth since it began in 2012.
“By allowing young immigrants to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation, the DACA program is allowing these young people to remain active participants in our communities and to contribute to our local, state and national economies,” said Mayor Hemminger who believes the program serves as the foundation for sound, responsible immigrant policy.
“We urge the continuation of the DACA program to provide the necessary protections for our immigrant community until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform,” the mayor explained.
“These young people deserve a clear path toward a productive future and a chance, like other immigrants to America before them, to help lead all of us toward a brighter future.”
More about the program:
- 87 percent of DACA recipients are employed by American businesses and 6 percent have created their own businesses
- 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes.
#MayorsStand4All and #DefendDACA