Friday, January 2, 2015

Forum Programs on Affordable Housing Efforts at CUCC

(information provided by Frank Gailor)

Sunday, January 11th: Satana Deberry, Executive Director of the NC Housing Coalition, will give a presentation on “Affordable Housing in North Carolina.” The NC Housing Coalition is a private, non-profit membership organization working for decent, affordable housing that promotes self-determination and stable communities for low and moderate income North Carolinians. Its mission is to lead a movement to ensure that every North Carolinian has a home in which to live with dignity and opportunity. We work to accomplish our mission by supporting our members and building partnerships to improve affordable housing. Satana is a native of Hamlet, North Carolina, a graduate of Princeton (B.A.) and Duke Universities (J.D. and M.B.A.), and brings nearly two decades of experience in policy, regulatory, governmental, administrative, human resource and contractual/legal matters. She worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Sunday – January 18:   there will be panel discussion and update on the Church’s long-time investment in Affordable Housing, RICH Park.   Ann Hanson, President of Excel Property Management, the company that manages the 100 RICH Park Units will tell us about the current operations of the property,  the challenges management has faced since it took over management of the apartments a few years ago, how management screens tenants and how rents are set and current rent levels.  Joining Ann on the panel will be Joyce Gad, the long- time RICH board chair and a representative of the Universalist Fellowship; Peg Huslander, our church’s longest serving member of the RICH Park Board; and Will Rowe, the current RICH Park Board Chair and a representative of First  Baptist Church.  Will was recently a candidate for Wake County Sheriff.

Sunday – January  25:   There will be panel discussion of the status of the church’s latest initiative in Affordable Housing,  the seven rental unit purchased last May.  The panelists will include   John and Phyllis Kitchen of Horizon Management, the company that manages the apartments and house.  John and Phyllis will tell us about how they screen potential tenants, collect rent, how rents are set and on-going maintenance issues with rental housing.  CCLIHC Board member and Treasurer, Carole Kepler, and Board member Frank Gailor will explain the church’s investment in the corporation,  how the property purchase was financed, the current status of the church members’ contributions and loans that made the purchase possible, the current level of income and expenses, and the potential options for raising the funds necessary to pay off the balance of loans made by church members.  There will be time for questions and discussion.