Tell Your Legislators to Make Transformative Housing Investments in NC

Dear [title] [last name],

I am asking state leaders to take bold action to prioritize affordable housing, and adopt the proposed plan for $5.7 billion in American Rescue Plan funds that includes $575 million for affordable housing.

The housing funding should include:

  • $460m for New Housing Development and Housing Rehabilitation;
  • Gap financing to produce new housing (rental and single-family), convert existing housing to affordable housing, and provide direct financial assistance to housing projects adversely impacted by increased construction costs;
  • Fund urgent repair and comprehensive rehab of vacant or substandard rental and owner-occupied housing; and
  • These funds would require a match (80/20 for Tier 1 and 2 counties and 60/40 for Tier 2 counties).
  • $40m for the Workforce Housing Loan Program; and
  • $75m for down payment assistance
  • $8,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers; and
  • $15,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers who are public school teachers.

It is important to prioritize affordable housing as part of a post-COVID economic recovery process. Please adopt the funding plan proposed by Governor Cooper, and continue making bold investments in equitable and affordable housing.

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