Sustain momentum in the Northside Neighborhood Initiative through continued support and partnership and implementation of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan
Loryn Clark, Housing and Community Executive Director
The Northside Neighborhood Initiative (NNI) is a partnership among UNC-Chapel Hill, Self-Help, the Jackson Center, the Town of Chapel Hill, and the Town of Carrboro that pursues a shared vision for the historic Northside Neighborhood: a family-friendly, multi-generational community that balances the needs of long-term residents, new owners, renters and students. Durham-based nonprofit community developer Self-Help is using a $3 million no-interest loan from UNC-Chapel Hill to lead the acquisition and resale of properties in the Northside that is used for housing opportunities, for home ownership and rental, consistent with the community’s goals and vision. Self-Help's work is done with direct support from the grassroots nonprofit Jackson Center, and in close collaboration with neighborhood residents, non-profit housing providers, and other partners. Implementation of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative is facilitated through a contract between Self-Help and the Town of Chapel Hill.
The NNI seeks to build on a long history of creative and courageous leadership among the people who live in Northside. It advances ongoing efforts of non-profit organizations like EmPOWERment, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, and the Community Home Trust, that have worked together over the years to promote and to build affordable housing and to conserve the unique strengths of the neighborhood.
The last two fiscal years, the Town has allocated $200,000 in program support to Self Help to support the NNI. Staff evaluates progress through monthly meetings with core NNI partners, as well as through review of quarterly reports from Self Help detailing progress on the services outlined in the performance agreement they have with the Town.
As of the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, Self Help reported:
- Acquiring 14 properties/units into the land bank in the Northside neighborhood
- Selling 12 properties/units out of the land bank to partner nonprofits or homebuyers
- Completing ~50 home repairs for existing long-time residents
- Providing property tax credit relief to low-income, long-time homeowners
Since it's adoption in January 2012, we have made progress in implementing the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan. Recent achievements in the implementation of the plan include:
- Partnering with the Jackson Center in funding Promise of Home, a home repair demonstration program targeted at serving low-income seniors and disabled individuals in the Northside neighborhood. This program is funded through the Town's Affordable Housing Development Reserve.
- Partnering with UNC-Chapel Hill and Self Help in the Northside Neighborhood Initiative.
- Partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the Jackson Center for home rehabilitation projects through "A Brush with Kindness" program.
Continuing our education and outreach campaign to students living off campus in Northside and Pine Knolls.
November 9, 2017