Call for Applications to Create Affordable Housing Opportunities

The Town is currently accepting applications for the Affordable Housing Development Reserve! 

Applications are due by noon Friday, August 31st.

Submissions will be accepted electronically to: housingandcommunity@townofchapelhill.org. 

Funding application is available here

Please see additional information below or contact Sarah Vinas at 919-969-5079 or svinas@townofchapelhill.org.  

Overview

The Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR) is dedicated exclusively to the development and preservation of affordable housing.  The eligible uses of the AHDR align with the strategy statement of the Town’s Affordable Housing Strategy:

The Town of Chapel Hill’s goal is to increase the availability of and access to housing for households and individuals with a range of incomes, from those who are homeless to those in middle-income households. The Town of Chapel Hill will work with for-profit and non-profit housing providers to offer a variety of housing opportunities that will promote socioeconomic diversity; provide individuals with the ability to remain in Chapel Hill through different stages in their lives; and support employee recruitment and retention.

Priority will be given to rental projects that serve households with incomes 60% and below the Area Median Income (AMI) and homeownership projects that serve households with incomes 80% and below the AMI.   

Application Process

  • The funding application is available here
  • Applications for funding will be accepted via electronic submission three times per year (~ every 4 months). 

  • Applicants are invited to participate in an orientation, which will take place around the established submission deadlines. Information about the next orientation will be posted on this webpage, as well as the Events Calendar.

  • Applicants are invited to participate in a one-hour pre-application meeting, during which Town staff will discuss the applicant’s proposed project and answer questions about the application process.To schedule a pre-application meeting, contact Sarah Viñas.

  • The Housing Advisory Board reviews and evaluates applications and provides a recommendation to the Town Council for final review and approval. The evaluation of applications will be based on a scoring rubric.

  • Applicants will be notified via email once a decision has been made regarding their application.

  • Applicants whose application for funding is not awarded are invited to participate in a one-hour post-application meeting during which Town staff will provide feedback and discuss opportunities for strengthening the funding application for consideration in future funding cycles.

Priority Project Areas

  1. Land Bank & Land Acquisition
  2. Rental Subsidy & Development Program
  3. Home Ownership & Development Assistance Program
  4. Future Development Planning

For more information about the AHDR, contact Sarah Viñas at 919-969-5079 or svinas@townofchapelhill.org

New Affordable Housing Has Come to Chapel Hill: Greenfield Place

On Saturday, June 23rd, the Chapel Hill community came together to celebrate the creation of 80 new affordable housing units that have opened in Chapel Hill.  "Greenfield Place is the outcome of years of planning and partnership-building." said Chapel Hill Mayor, Pam Hemminger.  "It is truly representative of the Town’s commitment to expanding quality affordable choices for families, working parents, seniors and people with disabilities who live in Chapel Hill.  We want Chapel Hill to be a place for everyone, and having quality affordable housing projects, like this one help us make progress towards that goal."

Greenfield Place was a collaborative effort between the Town of Chapel Hill, DHIC, Orange County, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency and partners in the private sector. In addition to financial contributions from the partners, the Town donated the land to DHIC to build the community.

Greenfield Place has one, two and three-bedroom apartments that range in size from 691 to 1,196 square feet. The units have walk-in closets, full-size washer and dryer connections and open floor plans. This location was chosen due to its close proximity to transit and shopping.  “This location is incredible. It's on two different bus lines. It's in walking distance of shopping and job and other services people need,” Natalie Britt, vice president of DHIC said.

Greenfield Place is the first of two phases for this development.  The second phase, Greenfield Commons, will provide affordable housing for low-income residents 55 years old and older and is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

Town Surpasses Affordable Housing Development Goals

Town Surpasses Affordable Housing Development Goals

As part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s efforts to increase access to housing for all residents, the Town has set annual targets for affordable housing preservation and development. This year the Town has not only met, but surpassed its’ development target of 80 subsidized housing units with over 90 new affordable units developed in this fiscal year alone, in addition to the completion of 8 preservation projects. This number brings the Town to over 1,000 units of subsidized affordable housing overall.