Chapel Hill News

August 4, 2014

Chapel Hill, Carrboro mayors respond to loss of housing

Local elected officials and others will meet Tuesday to talk about how landlords are dropping renters who pay using federal housing vouchers.

Local elected officials and others will meet Tuesday to talk about how landlords are dropping renters who pay using federal housing vouchers.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle will lead the 10 a.m. news conference at Carrboro’s Town Commons. The event will feature current and former voucher holders, who will talk about how the program improved their lives, and local real estate professionals.

The mayors also will discuss plans to meet with the Orange County Housing Authority in early September to talk about the federal voucher program.

About 60 local families have been displaced since General Services Corp. and other rental companies stopped accepting Housing Choice Vouchers. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides the vouchers to very low-income families so they can afford decent, safe housing in the private market.

There are more than 600 households – families and individuals – in Orange County that receive vouchers. Voucher holders typically must pay 30 percent of their rent.

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