HOUSING FOR NEW HOPE
May 8, 2020
Housing for New Hope’s Holloway Place wins Durham Golden Leaf Award
Durham, N.C. – The Durham City-County Appearance Commission has named Housing for New Hope’s (HNH) Holloway Place its Hearth and Home winner. HNH opened Holloway Place in fall 2019 as a co-housing residence for women. Prior to its renovation last year, the house was shelter for men.
“As Durham has grown, the cost of rent has risen, leaving many of our neighbors struggling to find affordable housing,” said Russell Pierce, HNH’s executive director. “The evidence is clear that transitional shelters are not as effective as a housing first model. We have embraced the housing first model as a cornerstone of our work, and, as it has grown, we have phased out our last transitional shelter. This was a creative way to re-use a property we'd had for 20 years.”
Durham-based HNH assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with finding affordable housing. Holloway Place is designed specifically for single women whose annual income is at or below 50 percentof the annual median income. Home to seven women, the residence features six bedrooms, two community spaces and a large kitchen.
Haven Design|Build leads renovations
“Haven’s mission is to establish safe, equitable and affordable housing options,” said Bryce Jahner, executive director, Haven Design|Build. “Multi-sector partnerships such as this are critical to accomplish these goals. If we are going to ensure Durham’s growth benefits all of its citizens, we must continue to find unique models of financing, designing, building and operating homes that service people in all circumstances. We are excited to see what the future of development will look like, especially as projects such as this prove to be successful.”
Holloway Place was funded through a grant from the City of Durham and other generous donors. Renovations were completed by Haven Design|Build, Chelsea Benay Interior Design, Hykes Landscape Design, Ted’s Electrical & HVAC, JVG Plumbing and CSS Triangle Electric.
The Durham City-County Appearance Commission’s mission is to cultivate visual appeal and recognize the benefits of good design to enhance the community’s quality of life. The commission is made up of 15 members; seven are appointed by the City Council and eight are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.
April 2, 2020
City Leaders Seek Landlords to Provide Affordable Housing
Durham, N.C. – Across Durham, non-profit organizations are preparing individuals and families living in homeless shelters to move into safe, affordable housing. However, there are not enough rental properties to meet the current demand. To solve this problem, City leaders are calling on landlords to work with local non-profits to secure housing for those transitioning out of shelters.
“The coronavirus and the need for social distancing underscore the importance of housing for individuals and families,” said City of Durham Mayor Steve Schewel. “There are Durham residents who are ready to move from homeless shelters into safe, permanent housing. To do this, we need landlords to partner with us today.”
With the ongoing growth in Durham, the availability of affordable units for families and individuals has decreased. With support from federal and local funding, non-profit organizations across Durham are working together to help families, individuals and veterans secure affordable housing. With the coronavirus pandemic, non-profits are now at a critical stage.
Housing for New Hope, a non-profit that provides multiple programs for those experiencing housing instability, is currently in search of at least 20 houses or apartments for its clients. Locating available units, however, has been difficult.
“The bottom line is we need more housing,” said Russell Pierce, executive director, Housing for New Hope. “Housing for New Hope and our partner agencies have the funding to move people out of the shelter and straight from the streets into housing. The problem is that there aren’t enough units available.”
Pierce pointed out that like other housing organizations across Durham, his team is speaking to landlords they have worked with in the past while reaching out to landlords who may not be aware of the programs and incentives available to them.
The City’s Unlocking Doors Durham initiative provides incentives and guarantees to landlords who rent to individuals and families receiving assistance through local housing programs or with federal housing vouchers.
Landlords with available units are encouraged to contact Kevin Atkins, housing access coordinator at the Community Empowerment Fund at (919) 410-8481.
Statement on the Coronavirus
March 17, 2020
At Housing for New Hope, the safety and well-being of our residents and staff are our number one priority. In response to the Coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, we have implemented a number of protocols and precautionary measures at our communities.
Effective today, all common spaces, including community rooms and public restrooms, will be closed to residents, visitors and clients. These areas will remain closed until further notice. Public areas, such as stairwells and laundry rooms, will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
During this time, our staff will be reaching out to residents in our supportive housing programs with increased frequency to answer questions and to provide support and information on available resources.
Non-Profit Housing for New Hope Helps Durham
Women Celebrate Christmas in New Home
Durham, N.C. (Dec. 17, 2019) – On Holloway Street near downtown Durham, Lisa, Sandra and Brittney are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas in a home where they have their own bedrooms, a large kitchen and plenty of space for movie night. In October, the three women moved into Housing for New Hope’s (HNH) latest affordable housing property, Holloway Place.
“Even with a steady income, many of our neighbors here in Durham are unable to find affordable housing,” says Russell Pierce, HNH’s executive director. “At HNH we believe all of our neighbors deserve a safe, affordable place to call home. Through properties like Holloway Place, we are able to provide individuals with affordable housing that is conveniently located to their jobs, shopping and transportation.”