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On Friday, June 1, UNC Greensboro hosted the Innovations in Planning for Better Community Housing and Health Symposium.
The goal of the Symposium was to “explore the use of data and cross-sector collaborations to develop healthy neighborhoods facing the greatest barriers to good health.” We shared information on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing & Homelessness Dashboard as a community engagement tool and information hub for housing and homelessness information during a session on “Using Dashboards to Inform Non-profits and Residents.”
Session topics included gentrification, eviction and displacement; market valuation analysis for guiding revitalization efforts; government open data; and community health data.
The event also served as the kick-off site for The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) “National Healthy Homes Month 2018,” which also focuses on the intersection of health and housing; this year’s theme is dedicated to protecting current and future generations of children from exposure to lead from contaminated paint, dust and soil in homes.
The Symposium included keynote remarks by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Cone Health CEO Terry Akin, as well as planners, community officials, nonprofit leaders, researchers, students, advocates and other professionals whose work relates to health and housing.
Below are two ideas we took away from other communities for consideration in Charlotte-Mecklenburg as we work to prevent and end homelessness and promote housing sustainability throughout the community.
These data-driven approaches pave the way for solutions that can increase the supply of affordable housing while maximizing limited resources and strengthening neighborhoods. This includes investing in affordable neighborhoods at risk of gentrification, which provides an efficient way to preserve affordability, prevent displacement and improve neighborhoods that might not otherwise receive investment or resources.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY STUDIES
UNCG is home to the work conducted by Dr. Stephen Sills, director of the UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies. Their work on evictions including scanning eviction court documents inspired the third eviction brief released in May: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 3: One-month snapshot of court records.
In addition to work on evictions, the Center for Housing and Community Studies is currently involved in studies related to studies of mobile homes, immigrant and refugee housing, crime and housing, fair housing and homelessness.
This post is co-authored by Ashley Williams Clark and Courtney Morton.
Ashley Williams Clark is the Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. The Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships is a new position created to help the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute strengthen its visibility and impact throughout the Charlotte region through the building of collaborative partnerships to address important regional issues. Ashley is also the author of the report, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 1: Evictions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Courtney Morton coordinates posts on the Building Bridges Blog. Courtney is the Housing & Homelessness Research Coordinator for Mecklenburg County Community Support Services. Courtney’s job is to connect data on housing instability, homelessness and affordable housing with stakeholders in the community so that they can use it to drive policy-making, funding allocation and programmatic change.