We’re working hard to solve Wake’s affordable housing crisis, and here’s how you can help

By Jim Hurdis, ONE Wake Organizing Ministry

Jim Hurdis and his wife, Susan, at UUFR’s Flower Communion

I’m a UUFR member who serves on ONE Wake’s Housing Research Team. We need your help to bring desperately needed affordable housing to Wake County.

Recently, we’ve been trying to identify property owned by the City of Raleigh and Wake County that could be used for affordable housing.

In June, we identified property in Holly Springs that was owned by Wake County. The Holly Springs council wanted to use the land for solely commercial development. But as a result of Wake County’s insistence, as well as the more than 90 comments ONE Wake members sent to the Town Council, the Town Council allocated a portion of this land to build 120 affordable housing units for senior citizens.   

We’re hoping for similar results in Raleigh and have identified several possible sites within the city.

Two areas were identified as having the most potential: a parking lot on East Martin Street, across the street from downtown Raleigh’s transit hub, and 110 acres at the intersection of Auburn Knightdale and Battle Bridge roads. Together, these two projects could provide nearly 900 units of affordable housing, with 150 downtown and 740 on Battle Bridge Road.

However, the city and the county are unlikely to support affordable housing on these properties without considerable encouragement from citizens.

One way you can make it more likely that these sites will be developed for affordable housing is by signing the ONE Wake 10,000 Strong Pledge .

We also have pledged to bring 200+ UUFR folks & friends to attend ONE Wake’s public meeting with Raleigh City Council on Oct 21 @ 6:30pm. Please learn more and RSVP for that event here. Both in-person and virtual attendance options will be available. And bring 2 family members or friends!

With commitments from 10,000 Raleigh and Wake County residents, we will be a unified voice which can counter the massive developer donations. We can be an influence in upcoming elections and drive affordable housing policy actions across Wake.

Thanks for your support of these ONE Wake actions. On a related housing and planning topic, you may be interested to learn and publicly comment on the city of Raleigh’s planning study regarding the communities south and east of Dix Park. Public comment on the Dix Edge Area Study are open through mid-September 2021.

If you’re interested in joining UUFR’s ONE Wake Organizing Ministry Team, contact [email protected]