Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is building new homes in downtown Chapel Hill for the first time in 10 years. Multiple organizations helped make this possible, including the Town of Chapel Hill, Self-Help Credit Union, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History. Habitat is thrilled to build in a location where homeowners will have quick access to their work, school, and community resources.
Throughout the year, Habitat will build 9-10 new homes in the historic Northside neighborhood. Habitat will also continue the A Brush with Kindness exterior repair program and expand repair services into critical repair. These repair programs will help local residents stay in their homes and revitalize the community.
According to the Jackson Center, the Northside neighborhood dates back to the late 19th century, when former sharecroppers and free men came to find work at UNC. New residents provided domestic and maintenance services and built the stone walls that famously surround campus. Many Northside residents became leaders in the local civil rights movement and organized around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visits to the local community center. Today, the neighborhood is among the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse in the region. Many of Habitat’s future homeowners already have a connection to Northside, and they are excited to live in a neighborhood with such a close-knit community.
Thank you to the local textile artist, Elaine O'Neil, for designing our logo for this year! Check out all of Elaine's amazing work here.