Affordable housing an ‘acute need’ in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A report released in Greensboro highlights concerns that there isn't enough affordable housing in the city.

The analysis was given to the city council members last week and says Greensboro's supply of affordable housing is shrinking as demand rises.

Over a time frame of 10 years, the number of housing units for $1,000 a month or more increased by 170%. But the number of units for $699 or less a month decreased.

Brett Byerly with the Greensboro Housing Coalition says it's very challenging for families earning below average wages to find safe, affordable housing.

"You might end up going to the places that don't charge the application fee and are easier to get into, but they're the bad housing most of the time. The conditions can be very poor," Byerly pointed out.

The report suggests expanding transportation so folks throughout the city have better access to job centers and jobs.

It also discussed the need to encourage more construction of affordable housing complexes.

"The report suggests to try and build more affordable housing complexes in areas where there are opportunities, so there is the transportation, there are the jobs."

Byerly said one of the most interesting elements of the report to him were numbers showing the rapidly growing Spanish-speaking population in the city. He said GHC is seeing a higher number of Hispanic tenants living in unacceptable conditions and believes breaking the language barrier is one challenge to helping those residents.

There is a Housing Summit scheduled for February 25th and Byerly said Mayor Nancy Vaughan is planning to speak about issues like the lack of affordable housing in the city.

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