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Chapel Hill Establishes Program for Low-Income Residents Facing Displacement from Affordable Housing

Post Date:05/02/2019 3:41 PM

Low-income residents in Chapel Hill who are displaced may be eligible for financial assistance for security deposits and utility connections through the Town of Chapel Hill’s new Housing Displacement Assistance Program.

In response to the Town Council’s interest in assisting residents facing displacement from naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH), in April 2019 the Town launched a Housing Displacement Assistance Program (HDAP).

The Town is partnering with Community Empowerment Fund to implement the HDAP, responding to an immediate community need while continuing to work toward a long-term Housing Preservation Strategy.


Overview of Chapel Hill’s Housing Displacement Assistance Program (HDAP)

The Town’s HDAP has two components, which are available to Chapel Hill residents facing displacement from Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing:

  1. Security Deposit and Utility Connection Fee Assistance

    One-time financial assistance with up-front costs of securing new rental housing in Chapel Hill based on bedroom size of new housing:

    • Two-bedroom home or less maximum: $1,480
    • Three-bedroom home maximum: $1,860
    • Four or more bedrooms home maximum: $2,050

      To be eligible for the financial assistance, households must be low-income (earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income) Chapel Hill residents and new housing must be located within Chapel Hill Town limits.

  2. Housing Locator Services

One-on-one assistance with finding housing through our partner organization, Community Empowerment Fund.


What is meant by these terms?

  • Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing or "NOAH" is housing that is affordable on the private market when the monthly rent and utilities is less than or equal to households earning 80% area median income, based on household size. Affordable Rents are calculated as 30% of monthly household income, as per annual HUD Income Limits.
  • Displacement is the forcible displacement of a resident from their housing due to the sale or closure of the rental property.


More Information

The Town of Chapel Hill is partnering with the local nonprofit Community Empowerment Fund to coordinate the application process for this Program.  To apply, please contact: or 919-200-0233.

To learn more about the program:


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