Author: Stehpen Sills

Housing Hangout – Housing & Education

Good housing is important to educational outcomes, lack of adequate housing negatively impacts children Having a comfortable living environment means a lot to a family, especially to children during school age. However, there are barriers to students’ schooling at both macro and micro level related to housing. Studies show that housing policies can drive dramatic demographic change in cities and...

Guildford County COVID19 Vaccine Health Messaging

The rates of COVID morbidity and mortality are the highest among people of color. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Non-Hispanic African Americans, Hispanics, and Indigenous people are almost four times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly three times more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people. Communities of color are faced with many barriers that contribute...

Assessment of Civil Legal Needs in North Carolina

The North Carolina Equal Justice Alliance is a community of civil legal aid providers serving low-income and underrepresented constituencies. Many Alliance members also promote policy initiatives to improve the lives of those who face systemic barriers or are impacted by poverty.  The mission of the Equal Justice Alliance is to provide central coordination of a sustained, comprehensive, integrated,...

A Racialized History of Greensboro

Recording of Greensboro Faith Leaders Council meeting featuring a presentation by Dr. Stephen Sills from the Center for Housing and Community Studies at UNC Greensboro entitled Poverty and Community Disparities: A Racialized History of Greensboro.

Housing Hangout – Greensboro Builders

The cost of housing has skyrocketed as demand has increased, material costs have risen, and labor supply has become limited. The cost of housing has skyrocketed in recent years. Low interest rates for mortgages and refinancing combined with a short supply of housing in the market has led to high demand for remodeling as well as new housing starts. But, the material cost to build a house...

Special Event – Contaminants in Soil & Drinking Water

Findings from recent research on soil lead exposure risk in Greensboro & contaminants in residential tap water in High Point. FRIDAY MARCH 19th NOON REGISTER AT: http://go.uncg.edu/contaminants Harmful materials were once used in construction of homes like asbestos, formaldehyde, chromated copper arsenic, and lead and have been shown to impact the health of residents. Likewise, the quality of...

Exclusion by Design

One of the best ways for families to pass down wealth is through home equity. However, home ownership has been unattainable for many African Americans. Historical discriminatory lending regulations have led to systemically-ingrained segregation through the zoning practice of “redlining.” Click here for the CHCS PowerPoint: Redlining Gentrification and its Impacts Watch the panel session:

Feb Housing Hangout – Social Housing

Is housing a commodity, or a fundamental human right? In Greensboro and across the rapidly-urbanizing world, housing is becoming more expensive and, for low-income people, more precarious. Over-reliance on private markets has turned housing into a luxury, offered only to the highest bidder. Public housing is discredited. Our battles for affordable housing, with all their modest gains, seem doomed...

Dec Housing Hangout – Housing GSO Plan

The Housing GSO Plan is designed to guide the City of Greensboro’s public investments in affordable housing over the next 10 years. In 2016, the City dedicated $25 million in voter-approved local housing bond funds for affordable housing and neighborhood reinvestment programs. Housing GSO describes how to refocus the remaining bond funds, along with existing federal and new local funding, to effectively...
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