Good news on affordable housing in N.C. August 18, 2009The General Assembly wrapped up its 2009-2010 session by passing several pieces of legislation that help advance the issue of affordable housing and respond to the housing crisis in NC. Most notably, the Affordable Housing/No Discrimination Act, the Community Land Trust Property Taxation bill and the Intermodal Transport bill, all passed with bi-partisan support and an overwhelming majority vote. The significant growth NC has experienced in the past 20 years has created an affordability crisis in all of major cities and our tourism center in the mountains and coast, remarked Chris Estes, Executive Director of the NC Housing Coalition, a private non profit advocacy and resource organization. This crisis has been compounded by the explosion of foreclosures among low and moderate income North Carolinians. These bills will help increase the provision of quality affordable homes for low and moderate wage workers in our workforce as well as our more vulnderable fixed-income seniors and persons with disabilities, said Estes. The Affordable Housing/No Discrimination Act (SB 810) expands the North Carolina Fair Housing Act by including affordable housing for those at 80% or below area median income as a protected class. It is now a violation of the law to discriminate in land-use decisions based on whether the development contains affordable housing. North Carolina is the first state to include affordable housing in their Fair Housing Act, once again paving the way for progress in affordable housing. This is landmark legislation, said Al Ripley, staff attorney for the NC Justice Center. It will both help encourage the development of additional housing opportunities in North Carolina and will be seen as a model for other states to emulate.Links: FULL POST at conscience.blogs.starnewsonline.com Read more about Good news on affordable housing in N.C.