UCHS Advocates for Affordable Housing
May 4, 2018
On May 7th advocates, elected officials, and concerned citizens will bring attention to the affordable housing crisis. United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) provides affordable housing for more than 250 senior citizens at seven locations across North Carolina. Five of the UCHS housing communities will hold a Call-in Rally on May 7th for affordable housing advocates to join others in making their voices known. Rally locations include: Covenant Place in Chapel Hill, Matthew’s Place in Albemarle, NOAH in New Bern, St. Joseph’s Place in Durham and The Willows in Burlington. Those interested in attending any of the five locations may request more information by contacting Kathy Harvell at 252-638-3517.
UCHS has rallied five locations to participate in the 2nd annual Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action. During the week of May 1-8, advocates from across the country are coordinating activities to raise awareness around the need for greater federal investments in affordable homes and community development. Local advocates have joined this week of action because all people deserve an affordable home, and no one should be forced to give up food and basic healthcare to keep a roof over their heads.
“Far too many families– including low income seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and families with children – struggle to keep a roof over their heads or are experiencing homelessness,” shared Jeannette Breckenridge, Director of Housing Services for UCHS. “Three out of every four families in need of housing benefits are turned awaydue to lack of housing options.”
Last year, advocates and Congressional champions secured a 10% increase to federal investments in affordable housing. But threats remain. The current budget proposes to slash affordable housing by $11 billion compared to current levels - a move that could increase homelessness and housing poverty in our communities.
“Instead of reducing our nation’s investments in affordable housing, we need to make a bold and sustained commitment to ensure that everyone has a safe, accessible and affordable home,” shared Lee Syria, CEO of United Church Homes and Services. “When we invest in affordable homes, we invest in people, our communities, and America as a whole – from increased employment and economic mobility to improved health and better education.”
United Church Homes & Services, a not-for-profit corporation located in Newton, NC, operates three continuing care retirement communities, a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), and seven HUD Section 202 supportive housing communities across North Carolina and Virginia.
Equal Housing Opportunity Statement: We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers.
For additional information, contact Joy Cline at 828-465-8014 or visit our website at www.uchas.org.