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Advocate decry affordable housing loss
The Wake County Housing Justice Coalition held a press conference Wednesday to protest the increasing lack of affordable housing for low-income communities. The Coalition aired its grievances at 2813 Seclusion Court in north Raleigh, a public housing community where the city has condemned one of the apartments due to flooding and mold issues. Community activist Wanda Gilbert-Coker, a passionate housing advocate, wants the dwelling renovated “with our tax dollars” rather than torn down. “They (Raleigh officials) are displacing families and using our tax dollars to do it,” Gilbert-Coker said. “If you can afford to live here now, once they tear it down, you will no longer afford to live here. What are they doing with our tax dollars? People should have a sustainable place to live.” Housing attorney Yolanda Taylor said the Coalition is not anti-growth but want equality for all. “We are not just bringing concerns but solutions and issues as well,” she said. “What is the plan for demolishing (the unit), and what is the intent for these other properties as well? Are the residents going to be relocated? Are they going to be offered assistance?” Gilbert-Coker says anyone who needs help with their housing situation can email the Coalition at wchousingjusticecoalition@gmail.com. – Bonitta Best
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