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Building a future in the Bull City: Why the Affordable Housing Bond is a must

(10/28/19 4:00am)

While working in the field of eviction diversion, I saw family after family struggling to make rent in overpriced apartments. Many of these folks had grown up in Durham and watched it change into a different city, one in which increased development and a new trendy sheen had sky-rocketed the cost of living. Now, as noted in a 2019 report published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a person in Durham must work 2.8 full-time minimum-wage jobs in order to afford fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment. If a person can no longer meet this financial hurdle and is evicted, the eviction becomes a permanent mark on their rental background and credit history. In a city like Durham, where the demand for housing is always rising, it often means that finding another place to live in the Bull City will be impossible.