Community Action Update

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Northside Project, in collaboration with Self-Help, continues to work on various housing strategies for the neighborhood.  As a part of this initiative, we have convened a “Making History Tangible” task force in charge of creating historic markers and monuments for the neighborhood.  

Above: Members of our Compass Group and other community stakeholders participate in a discussion of housing strategies.  

In March we hosted a free wills clinic, co-sponsored by UNC Law School’s Black Law Student Association.  We were able to draft important end-of-life documents for over 15 residents.  Our goal is to provide this service annually and to ensure that all residents have plans for the future of their properties and protections for their assets.  

This spring we have participated in an important partnership with Habitat for Humanity in bringing their A Brush with Kindness home rehabilitation program to Northside.  With the Town of Chapel Hill and the Good Neighbor Initiative, we organized over 100 people to do critical repair work on two houses on McDade Street.  This partnership will continue throughout the summer, where we are hoping rehabilitate three more homes in the neighborhood.

Our annual May Day celebration was an incredible success!  Hundreds of people passed through St. Joseph’s yard to eat delicious food, play with bubbles and other kids’ games, dance to a great playlist, and honor each other with community awards.  We are already looking forward to next year!

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