A City For Everyone

Everyone in Raleigh has the right to afford living here. Raleigh has a lot to offer: closeness to world-class universities and creative and talented people; this is something businesses and investors are well aware of, hence the increased economic activity in the city in recent years. Yet unchecked growth has been coming at the cost of the citizens who make Raleigh the great city it is. Housing and rental prices are rising, salaries are standing still, and just recently it was revealed that 57% of all real estate was sold to institutional investors, not to the citizens of Raleigh themselves.

How:

  • Push for better tax credits for housing for prospective home buyers and mixed-income housing for renters in the Raleigh area.

  • Ensuring a living wage from employers and the City of Raleigh. A raising of the minimum wage to address the higher cost of living.

  • Revitalization of the Raleigh’s bus services by adding more buses and decreasing travel time

We must continue the push to make affordable housing in Raleigh a priority. First, we need to get rid of this stigma surrounding Affordable Housing. We should take pride in making Raleigh more affordable. This goes beyond a cost/benefit analysis, and runs at something much deeper - about what sort of community we want to build. Will we start taking into consideration the human consequences of our financial decisions? We have to ask ourselves who we’re building this city for if fewer and fewer people can afford to live in it.

We should encourage growth and development, but we need to make sure that businesses who open shop in Raleigh are doing so to become part of the community, and not just for tax breaks. We need to continue the push for tax credit housing for those who are prospective home buyers as well as mixed-income housing for renters looking to live and work in the area.

Home and rental prices have risen steadily over the last decade, outpacing wage growth here in Raleigh. There’s something wrong with that. It’s necessary that we impress upon employers the importance of paying living wages, and work to raise the minimum wage in Raleigh to $15 an hour, as well as secure raises for ALL city workers including police officers, firefighters, maintenance workers, etc. We cannot continue raising living costs, while failing to increase pay.

As more people choose to live in Raleigh, we must continue to invest in our public transportation.  If we prioritize conveniently-located affordable housing with reliable public transportation it will allow more people to get to jobs that pay a livable wage - which is a must if we wish to have an inclusive, sustainable city.

By doing all of this, we can ensure the stability of Raleigh for generations to come and increase the upward mobility of Raleigh.