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Affordable Housing Coalition

Affordable Housing Coalition

Thursday, December 10
On December 10, the Affordable Housing Coalition met in the first floor conference room at City Hall. The coalition, made up of government entities, non-profit organizations and businesses, was formed several years ago to advocate for affordable housing in the area.


In early 2003 a roundtable discussion was held among the City of Wilmington Community Development, Wilmington Housing Finance & Development, Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear CDC and AME Zion Housing Development, all local non-profit developers (CHDOs). It was decided that there was a need to form an Affordable Housing Coalition. The idea grew from the fact that a Coalition would facilitate non-profit agencies interested in homelessness/affordable housing issues to work together on common goals and issues.

The participants felt that a Coalition would be proactive rather than reactive and would present a united front to the community at large. The Coalition became incorporated as of May 2005 and its formal by-laws were adopted in September 2005. Past Chairs include Rev. Jones of AME Zion Church, Gwen Flowers of G. Flowers Realty, Louis Rogers of Self Help Credit Union, Jonathan Barfield of Barfield & Associates REALTORS®, Barbara Birkenheuer of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, Pam Rancke of BB&T Mortgage, Carey Disney Ricks of Cape Fear Public Utilities, Toronya Ezell of AMEZ Housing CDC and this year’s chair, J.C. Skane of WARM



The purpose of AHC is to:

(a) Provide and effectively communicate to the target market matters concerning affordable housing.

(b) Serve as a forum to hear and respond to citizens' concerns and priorities regarding affordable housing.

(c) Educate AHC members and others regarding available affordable housing resources.

(d) Study, advise and make recommendations to local governments on affordable housing matters, including goals, target areas, and program and funding priorities.

(e) Advocate on behalf of low and moderate-income citizens to meet affordable housing needs.


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