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photo of Dr. Stephen Sills
photo of Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from New Hanover County for the project “Consulting Services for a Comprehensive Housing and Public Opinion Study for New Hanover County NC.”

This proposal was developed by the Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) in response to a request for proposal for a Comprehensive Housing Study issues by New Hanover County on January 17, 2020.

The housing study will include housing market analysis, community-based input (interviews, focus groups, and survey), and an action planning process that will help the joint City of Wilmington, New Hanover County Workforce/Affordable Housing Ad hoc Committee as well as residents, real estate developers, housing organizations, developers, and other stakeholders define their priorities and plans to address the need for affordable and workforce housing.

Cost-effectiveness, projected population change, housing stock, and market data, vacancy rates, legal mandates, and community input are all considered in the process. Block-group-level data will be used to identify neighborhoods housing improvement needs and align the needs with best-practice models to address housing issues. Baseline data collected in this process will be created to track short, mid, and long-term outcomes of the Comprehensive Housing Plan.

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