CARRBORO, NC – Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is collaborating with the Town of Carrboro and other partners to build four units (two duplexes) of affordable housing on Cobb Street in Carrboro.
The project is a culmination of a collaboration among the Compass group, Northside Neighborhood Initiative (including the Marian Cheek Jackson Center and Self Help Ventures Fund), Habitat for Humanity and the Town of Carrboro. Habitat purchased the property from Self Help Ventures Fund.
The Carrboro Town Council granted $100,000 from its Affordable Housing Special Revenue Fund in support of the construction. The homes will be energy-efficient and affordable to households earning between 30-80% of the area median income.
The first wall raising -- one of the most exciting days on a Habitat build -- occurred on Friday, April 16. Volunteer workers from the Town of Carrboro included Council Members Damon Seils, Susan Romaine and Randee Haven-O’Donnell; Housing and Community Services Director Rebecca Buzzard; and Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Foushee, participating in the wall raising and ceremony sharing. Future Habitat homebuyers also volunteered to work on their home.
The Cobb Street Duplexes
The four units will consist of two duplexes located in the Northside Neighborhood. One of the duplexes will be built ADA-compliant on the first floor with lowered countertop and cabinets, roll-in showers, ground-floor master bedrooms, and larger work areas for wheelchair accessibility. Habitat, a member of the Green Builders of the Triangle, is constructing the homes to Systems Visions standards for energy-efficiency and utility savings.
Affordable Mortgages for New Homeowners
Upon completion, Habitat will sell the homes to qualifying first-time homebuyers through mortgages that are affordable based on their incomes. The homes on Cobb Street will be located in the heart of walkable downtown Chapel Hill-Carrboro. The new homeowners will have easy access to community services and resources such as schools, healthcare, groceries, public transportation, shopping, dining, employment centers, and a wide array of community amenities. Homeowners will also have quick access to I-40 and other major connecting roadways.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has helped nearly 300 local families achieve and maintain homeownership and nearly 200 families repair existing homes in Orange County. Habitat homes are built through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Qualified homebuyers complete 275 hours of sweat equity and purchase the home from Habitat through an affordable mortgage priced at less than 30% of family income. For more information, please visit www.orangehabitat.org.
Photo Caption -- The first wall raising -- one of the most exciting days on a Habitat build -- occurred on Friday, April 16, at the Cobb Street project. Pictured here are Carrboro Town Council Members Damon Seils, Susan Romaine, Barbara Foushee and Randee Haven-O’Donnell. Also volunteering in the work day event from the Town of Carrboro was Housing and Community Services Director Rebecca Buzzard.