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Housing Summit 2007, Greensboro Housing Coalition

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  1. 1. Investing in Decent Housing: Doing it Right! Housing Summit 2007 January 10 Temple Emanuel
  2. 2. Housing loss is a drain on our community. <ul><li>Guilford Co. in 2006: </li></ul><ul><li>Homelessness—927 persons (average) per night </li></ul><ul><li>Foreclosures—1239 </li></ul><ul><li>Evictions—3967 </li></ul><ul><li>Condemnations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Everyone pays when families lose housing. <ul><li>Moving costs for families—IF there is a place to move to </li></ul><ul><li>Equity loss for homeowners </li></ul><ul><li>Extra costs for hospitals, police, schools, and social service programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Everyone pays when families lose housing. <ul><li>Overflowing homeless shelters </li></ul><ul><li>Foster care for homeless children </li></ul><ul><li>Rent losses and court costs for landlords </li></ul><ul><li>Mortgage losses for lenders </li></ul><ul><li>Declining neighborhoods </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why do families lose housing? <ul><li>Health—and mental health—problems </li></ul><ul><li>Family break-up and abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Housing expenses much higher than incomes </li></ul><ul><li>Cuts in public subsidies for housing </li></ul>
  6. 6. Decent housing is a gain for our community. <ul><li>Home sales—commissions for 1239 homes </li></ul><ul><li>Housing repairs—investment to make 2146 homes safe </li></ul><ul><li>Rentals—annual rent for 3967 households </li></ul>
  7. 7. Everyone benefits when families move into decent housing. <ul><li>Stable homes for families </li></ul><ul><li>Lower costs for community service </li></ul><ul><li>Rental income for landlords </li></ul><ul><li>Commissions for real estate professionals </li></ul>
  8. 8. Everyone benefits when families move into decent housing. <ul><li>Jobs for contractors and maintenance workers </li></ul><ul><li>Public safety for neighborhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Attractive investments for economic developers </li></ul>
  9. 9. How did our community work together for decent housing in 2006? <ul><li>Task Force on Ending Homelessness appointed by Mayor Holliday, Mayor Smothers, and County Commissioner Coleman </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless Prevention Coalition of Guilford County </li></ul><ul><li>“ healthy homes greensboro” partnership launched by Mayor to cut in half the number of unsafe housing units in three years </li></ul>
  10. 10. What happened in 2006 to keep people from becoming homeless?
  11. 11. What happened in 2006 to get people into decent housing? <ul><li>Plan for housing chronically homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Windhill Court apartments under construction </li></ul><ul><li>Plans to renovate JT Hairston Homes </li></ul><ul><li>UNCG students’ special home </li></ul><ul><li>Bank of America and GHC closed 267 home loans </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat kept building homes! </li></ul>
  12. 12. What happened to improve housing?
  13. 13. How did GHC invest in decent housing? <ul><li>Helped keep 382 households from losing housing—over 1000 individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Helped 303 households move to decent housing </li></ul><ul><li>Helped 96 households seek necessary repairs </li></ul><ul><li>Advocated for healthy homes and an end to homelessness </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is planned for 2007? <ul><li>US Surgeon General focus on healthy homes </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional proposals for housing subsidies, raising minimum wage, and healthy homes </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide study of what unhealthy housing costs health care providers & insurers </li></ul><ul><li>NC Legislature proposal for Housing Trust Fund </li></ul><ul><li>County commission and city councils review of the plan to end homelessness </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is planned for 2007? <ul><li>“ healthy homes greensboro”’s annual bus tour </li></ul><ul><li>Rental Certificate deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Greensboro’s rehab program </li></ul><ul><li>More GHC housing counseling and money management classes </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Summit as a catalyst for new partnerships! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you for investing your time, expertise, and money— producing both social and financial Returns on Investment.