Orange County

Community Organizing to Improve Housing Conditions in Orange County

Extensive mold and other serious maintenance issues, unannounced inspections, living with no water, play equipment removed, violence, disrepect by management, inability to use shared resources, children not allowed to play outside.....

Would you be surprised to know that these are just some of the complaints coming from our neighbors who live in affordable housing complexes throughout Orange County (Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough)?

Orange County Justice United is partnering with residents in all of these complexes to organize the community, conduct neighborhood audits to acertain the extend of the issues, present these findings to management, and have the issues addressed.

The Gateway Village Apartments in Hillsborough is one such housing complex. A story about our work together can be found here.

We know that there is a shortage of affordable housing in our communities. We must work to ensure that the affordable housing that is available, is welcoming unless we want to be a community of the wealthy.

Orange County Launches Family Success Alliance

Recently, the Orange County Health Department launched plans for the Family Success Alliance, modeled after the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone

With its inception as the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families in 1970, the Harlem Children’s Zone aims to disrupt generational poverty with a holistic, long-term approach providing education and support from early childhood through college, supportive services to families to prevent homelessness, and health services including obesity prevention.  Serving over 13,000 children and 13,000 adults in 97 blocks of Central Harlem, the engaged children (70% in the served blocks) have a 92% college acceptance rate, 100% of pre-K participants are assessed as school ready, and the 800 local employees fuel economic growth.  The Harlem Children’s Zone also serves as the Model for President Obama’s Promise Neighborhood Initiative that has awarded 58 grants to communities across the country to implement similar programs. 

WCHL OC Sheriff's Run-Off Election Forum


Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


AM 1360 or 97.9FM

What Are We Doing About Affordable Housing?

Addressing affordable housing so that all people can afford to live in our community is an extremely important issue to many in our community. It has been given as a reason to develop and redevelop our towns and as a reason not to. Many organizations including the Community Home Trust, EmPOWERment Inc., Habitat for Humanity, the InterFaith Council, CASA, Orange County Justice United, and The Marion Cheek Jackson Center have been working with the towns and county to provide and/or advocate for housing at prices attainable across all spectrums of income.

In this season of municipal budget discussions, a rundown of what our towns and elected boards are working on around affordable housing seems appropriate. I asked members of each elected board what their board is focused on this year. Here is a summary.

2nd Primary (Sheriff's Run-off)

Information from the Orange County Board of Elections website: 

   Absentee Ballots by Mail

  • As soon as ballots are available, requested absentee ballots will be mailed.

                                                            Early Voting

July 3 - Early Voting Begins.

  • The Orange County Board of Elections office, located at 208 S. Cameron St, Hillsborough, is the Early Voting site for the Second Primary.


                                         Thursday, July 3 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                                  CLOSED JULY 4TH FOR HOLIDAY

                                Monday - Friday, July 7 - 11 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                                        Saturday, July 12 - 9:00 a. m. - 1:00 p.m.

          Reminder: Registration is no longer allowed during the Early Voting period.   


July 8 - Last day to request ballot by mail.

  • Request must be received in Elections office by 5:00 p.m.

July 12 - Early Voting Ends at 1:00 p.m.

July 15 - Absentee by-mail ballots must be returned by 5:00 p.m.

July 15 - SECOND PRIMARY ELECTION. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:30am to 7:30pm



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