Candidates for Cary Town Council unanimously agreed Thursday to work to establish an affordable housing fund during a meeting with hundreds of people from over a dozen religious and nonprofit organizations.
ONE Wake, a nonpartisan coalition, organized the meeting to ask candidates in next year’s elections to respond to what many called an affordable housing crisis in Cary.
“What is clear is that long-time, low-income homeowners, especially African American homeowners, are increasingly forced to leave the town that they helped build over centuries,” said the Rev. Rose Cornelious, development director at Dorcas Ministries. “And what is also clear is that newer residents of Cary who help keep the town running struggle to afford rising rents and live in sometimes substandard housing.”