Piedmont Together Comprehensive Regional Plan

Housing

Overview

Vision

Expand housing choices for everyone — especially those whose choices have been limited by loss of employment, low wages, fixed incomes or discrimination.

Regional Advantage

Nearly every city and town in the Piedmont Triad has a vacant mill or factory that could be redeveloped for housing and other mixed uses. In several towns, developers have transformed industrial buildings into lofts, apartments and "live-work" dwellings, and they have found singles, small families and "empty nesters" eager to live in these renovated places.  

See Housing Articles, Maps, Reports and Best Practices

Strategies

Provide more housing choices.

Stimulate more housing close to jobs, services and transit.

  • Develop a Regional Assessment of Fair Housing and use it to guide future housing investments.
  • Target federal and state funding to promote mixed use/mixed income communities near employment centers (housing and communities).

Revitalize Redevelopment Opportunity Areas, increasing investment and infill in redevelopment areas.

  • Target federal and state funding toward areas designated by municipalities to revitalize existing neighborhoods that are close to services, schools and employment centers.
  • Develop model infill housing incentives and encourage local implementation (housing and communities).
  • Build partnerships between public agencies, private investors and community-based groups to plan and fund redevelopment projects.

Promote mixed income development.

  • Encourage use of voluntary inclusionary housing policies that offer market-based incentives for mixed income housing.
  • Use federal, state or local funding as an incentive to achieve a mix of incomes in new developments.
  • Leverage state and federal assistance to convert abandoned mills and factories into mixed use/mixed income developments.

Decrease the number of homeless persons in the region.

  • Establish a regional network of homeless service providers to solve common problems and help find funding.
  • Improve transportation options between homeless shelters, jobs and services.
  • Increase awareness among the community and elected officials about homelessness.
  • Using a Housing First model, coordinate services to stabilize individuals and families in residential settings.
  • Help homeless people find jobs and increase income.

Convert foreclosure into assets.

  • Develop a regional land trust, a partnership between banks, local governments, and regional foundations, to purchase, redevelop, and resell foreclosed housing.
  • Pursue funding to convert properties in the foreclosure process into new homeownership opportunities, transitional and scattered site rental housing.

Accomplishments

A Regional Assessment of Fair Housing is underway, with Burlington, Greensboro, High Point and the four-county Surry HOME Consortium collaborating on an in-depth analysis and action plan to overcome obstacles to fair, affordable housing. When completed in September 2014, this will help cities and counties plan locations for future housing funds and also meet HUD requirements.
With support from Piedmont Together, the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem received funding from HUD to start planning for revitalizing Cleveland Avenue Homes and making the East Winston neighborhood an attractive mixed-use environment for new residents and businesses.
Homelessness service providers have formed a working group to create a Regional Homelessness Network.
Partnering with the City of High Point, Wynnefield Properties is developing Addington Ridge, a 55 apartment Low Income Tax Credit family property, in an "opportunity-rich" area near Wendover Avenue and Penny Road, close to jobs and services.
The Enclave, a 68 apartment community, was rescued from foreclosure, rehabilitated and completed by a partnership of Forsyth County and the City of Winston-Salem NC Housing Foundation. This is a great example of how federal and state funds can convert problem properties into community assets.