All people in North Carolina have safe, affordable, quality housing opportunities.

Why Is This Important?

Housing Quality is important for overall well-being affecting physical and mental health. Poor housing can increase risk of respiratory infections, psychological stressors, and other chronic conditions. HNC 2030, p. 58

Story Behind the Curve

With 16.1% of the population facing severe housing problems (2011-2016), North Carolina ranks at 28th among US states. One in six households in the state faces severe housing problems.4 This breaks down to 14,000 overcrowded households, 18,000 households with incomplete plumbing, 24,000 households with insufficient kitchen facilities, and severe cost burden affecting 500,000 households.4,5 Geographic location, race and ethnicity, education level, and income level are all factors in determining likelihood for facing severe housing problems. People who rent their home face higher costs and lack the ability to improve their housing conditions. Only 43.9% of African American residents and 43% of Hispanic residents live in a home they own compared to 71.2% of white residents. The goal for 2030 is to reduce the percent of the population with severe housing problems to 14%. HNC 2030 pp. 58-60

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina
Legal Aid of North Carolina
NC DHHS Housing and Home Improvement Assistance
Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
North Carolina Housing Coalition
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster- Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) & Community Organizations in Active Disaster (COADs)
Reinvestment Partners-Hotel to Home
Center for Public Engagement with Science
UNC-Greensboro Center for Housing and Community Studies
UNC Institute for the Environment
What Works
  • Consider regulatory change allowing trailers to be registered as homes, not vehicles
  • Enforce fair housing laws
  • Examine ways to reduce retaliation or rising rents on properties that have been repaired
  • Implement “right to counsel” policies for times tenants need to take their landlord to court
  • Improve access to social services and resources for affordable housing
  • Improve inspection process for migrant farmworkers
  • Increase education to community members about housing environmental issues like lead and mold
  • Increase involvement of community members in decision-making
  • Increase living wage employment opportunities
  • Increase understanding of issues for clinical providers and create partnerships to address issues that are uncovered
  • Provide education for Latinos on rights and how to file a complaint
  • Support programs designed to increase home ownership for people of color
  • Update housing standards (H2A housing) required by OSHA
  • Update the NC Migrant Housing Act
Description of Indicator Data

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps - Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) *Should not compare ranked data from year to year

Additional Data Needed at Local Level

DHHS, in partnership with a diverse set of stakeholders, developed a standardized set of SDOH screening questions to address and acquire data on the following:

  • Food insecurity 
  • Housing instability 
  • Lack of transportation 
  • Interpersonal violence

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