Why is the City of Winston-Salem conducting this housing study?
The purpose of the study is to learn what kind and how much housing is needed in our community.
How is the study being conducted?
A consulting firm, Enterprise Community Partners, is conducting the study in cooperation with the city's Community Development Department and other city officials and departments. The study will include an assessment of existing housing conditions, population characteristics, and present and future market demands. The study also will identify potential housing gaps, as well as possible financing opportunities to address the needs.
Why is the city holding these public meetings about the housing study?
At the meetings, findings to date will be presented and feedback will be sought from residents and community stakeholders. The city also hopes that the meeting will help build interest and support for more targeted actions to address key housing challenges that may be identified.
Who should attend the public meeting?
All interested parties should participate! The meeting presents an opportunity to hear results of the study and to provide input on housing needs in the community.
Is this study about a shortage of workforce housing?
Workforce housing means housing targeted to households with incomes between 50 percent and 120 percent of the area median income, which means incomes ranging from about $28,000 per year to about $71,000 per year. However, the housing study will cover housing needs of households in all income ranges, not just those considered to be workforce housing.
Are there other groups of people that may have specific housing challenges that will be addressed by the housing study?
Yes. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are examples of people who may have unique housing needs addressed in the study. Also, persons who currently are low income renters or who are homeless may have needs that will be addressed by the study.
Most housing is built by the private sector. How can the city do anything about the kind of housing that's built?
We hope that the results of the study will shine a light on areas of potential investment by the private sector, as well as identify areas where the city can be involved through public investment or other strategies to facilitate housing development and improvement.
How will the city use the information it gets from the study?
The report from the study will be available to all interested parties. Also, the city will use the information from the study to develop the 2019-2023 Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan. The plan will serve as the strategic foundation for federal funding of housing initiatives for the next five years.
When will the study be completed?
The study will be presented for review by the Winston-Salem City Council in March, 2018.
Who can I contact for additional information about the housing study?
Persons seeking information about the study may contact:
Ms. Mellin L. Parker, Planning Senior Project Supervisor
Community Development Department
City of Winston-Salem
(please put "Housing Study" in subject line)