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Durham commissioners to revisit budget, impact on affordable housing

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DURHAM, N.C. -

This week President Obama called for policies to ensure there is enough affordable housing in this country. A crowd in Durham made the same plea at city hall Wednesday.

The group from Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) held signs at one point during the Joint City-County Planning Committee meeting that read, "Fully fund affordable housing plan" and "Plan early."

They urged the members of the committee not to cut money and resources that would go toward planning for affordable housing.

The county recently cut $84,000 from the city-county planning department.

The director of that department said he wants a full budget, otherwise he is going to have to make some tough cuts to his department.

Several members of the joint committee said they are supportive of affordable housing.

The county commissioners will now decide at an upcoming meeting whether to restore money to the planning budget.

"It's a complicated question. It's not going to be one that's easily decided. But, I think they've heard our concerns and I hope they'll make a good decision," said Bo Glenn, a member of Durham CAN, who spoke at Wednesday's meeting.

Affordable housing supporters say with a new light rail planned for the area, land prices will go up and if the city and county don't plan for affordable housing now, it may make it difficult for new affordable housing to come in down the line.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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