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NC Policy Watch Policy Prescription #8: addressing North Carolina’s affordable housing need

As the 2018 legislative session gets underway in earnest in this, its first full week, we hope you will continue reading our special series “Policy Prescriptions” researched and written by A. J. Fletcher Foundation Fellow Samone Oates-Bullock. Last week, Prescription #1 addressed food insecurity in North Carolina. Prescription #2 took on the issue of early childhood investments. Prescription #3 analyzed the challenge of funding school adequately and fairly. Policy Prescription #4 called for racial equity in education. Policy Prescription #5 called for tackling the issue of environmental racism in North Carolina. Prescription #6 made the case closing the Medicaid coverage gap. Yesterday, Prescription #7 urged lawmakers to make North Carolina more worker-friendly.

Today, the focus is on tackling the issue of affordable housing. The following is from Policy Prescription #8 – “A place to call home: Addressing North Carolina’s affordable housing need”:

“Having access to affordable housing is a basic human need. Having safe, secure and reasonably priced housing enables people to engage in other basic activities such as employment, obtaining education, and maintaining their physical and mental health. Unfortunately, access to secure and affordable housing is an extreme challenge for many North Carolinians. The lack of affordable housing places a unique burden on individuals by often forcing them to choose between housing and other basic necessities. In order to effectively move the needle on affordable housing, it’s time that housing, just like food and water, be seen as a human right, not a mere commodity”

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