Author: Stephen Sills

Housing Market Instability

September Housing Hangout While housing sales have remained solid throughout COVID19 with low interest rates, high demand, and strong prices, there are signs that underlying issues exist in the market. Before COVID19 (and the moratorium on foreclosures), only 3.2% of mortgages were in delinquency. By May, that number had more than doubled (7.8%) and is predicted to continue rising. About one-in-ten...

Community Workday at S. Buffalo Creek

Second Community Workday is Just Around the Corner Buffalo Creek’s s first workday took place on June 20th in the Cottage Grove neighborhood with a great turnout. The project’s goal of improving the environmental conditions of the quality of water in the creek seems to be right on track. Community volunteers got involved by picking up nearly 25 bags of litter, a misplaced shopping cart,...

NLC Keeping Families Housed Webinar Recording

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES WEBINAR How Cities Can Help Renters Navigate the Eviction Cliff With COVID-19 forcing millions of Americans into unemployment and temporary eviction moratoria about to expire as emergency orders end, renter households are in jeopardy of evictions. This webinar will highlight how two different regions of the country are taking preventative action to help residents prepare...

WRRI Annual Conference 2020 Virtual Session

Fostering engagement in the Cottage Grove neighborhood through community involvement in riparian cleanup to enhance stormwater quality Tatiana Height (Project Coordinator) and Stephen Sills (PI) UNC-Greensboro Center for Housing and Community Studies Direct Correspondences to: tcheight@uncg.edu This community engaged project with residents of the Cottage Grove neighborhood in East Greensboro,...

Eviction & Rental Assistance in the time of COVID19

A White Paper by Bruce Rich, Center for Housing & Community Studies Before the pandemic, Greensboro’s renters were being evicted at an alarming rate, and this was in an economic environment marked by years of expansion and low unemployment. Sustained strong economic activity, though great for some, drove rents up in Greensboro and vacancy rates down. Renters increasingly were forced to pay an...

Invest Health Cross Team Visit – Spokane

INVEST HEALTH SUMMIT SHOWCASES SPOKANE’S COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT By Craig Howard, Community Relations-Development Manager, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) The gathering in Spokane lasted less than three full days but the positive impact is still reverberating in places like Greensboro, North Carolina and Grand Rapids, Michigan. On Feb. 25-27, Spokane hosted an Invest Health conference...

Affordable and Healthy Homes

Addressing the intertwined issues of housing affordability and healthy living environments calls for a coordinated, multi-prong, systemic approach; one that brings together community members, developers, state and local governments, health care providers, philanthropy advocates, and other stakeholders. North Carolina has the opportunity to change the current system that has resulted in zones of...

Reentry Housing

Read more about reentry housing issues in our latest whitepaper by Mr. Bruce Rich: Reentry and Housing: After you get out, your punishment isn’t over.