URGENT: Heritage House closing; City seeking volunteers, donations, financial contributions, affordable housing

The City of Greensboro is in the process of condemning and closing Heritage House, and seeking volunteers, donations, financial contributions and affordable housing (studio, one, two and three bedroom units, not to exceed $600 per month) to assist hundreds of residents as they move out. (See below for press release with more info.) LANDLORDS: If you have affordable housing units, please help! If your units are above this amount, please consider renting at least one unit at or below $600 to help prevent homelessness. Case management will be available to help tenants succeed in their new homes!

Related news story: News & Record: City to condemn, close Heritage House on July 30

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CITY OF GREENSBORO City Contact: Donnie Turlington
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-3769

City, Partners Solicit Assistance for Heritage House Residents

GREENSBORO, NC (July 23, 2014) – The City of Greensboro and several partner agencies are seeking help from Greensboro residents and property owners as part of the ongoing effort to transition residents from the Heritage House condominiums, 310 W. Meadowview Rd. The list of assistance needed includes furniture donations, affordable housing options, and volunteer assistance to help move residents.

Alternative Housing Options
The City and its partners are seeking affordable rentals that are ready for occupancy. Property owners are encouraged to contact Beth McKee Huger at Greensboro Housing Coalition beth@greensborohousingcoalition.com and Lisa Taylor at New Jerusalem Cathedral lisa@newjc.org about studio, one, two, and three bedroom houses or apartments, with monthly rent at or below $600 per month. Owners are asked to include selection criteria to facilitate referrals. Greensboro Housing Coalition may inspect rental units before tenants move in. And, as needed, case managers – including Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina representatives – will assist tenants to succeed in their new homes.

Furniture Donations
The Barnabas Network is accepting furniture and houseware donations, including:

Most needed donations:
Dressers/Chests of drawers
Dining tables & chairs
Mattresses and box springs
Small tables/nightstand
Working washers/dryers
Working stoves
Working refrigerators

Housewares:
Pots and pans
Clean, unstained bedding and linens (pillows, sheets, blankets)
Dishes, silverware & glassware
Basic kitchen utensils
Working lamps
Small appliances (working microwaves, toasters)
Towels (bath, hand & wash)

Barnabas does not accept:
TVs
Clothing
Desks or office furniture
Entertainment Centers or large hutches

The Barnabas Network accepts donations anytime between 8 am and 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Residents who would like to donate outside of those times can call Barnabas at 336-370-4002 to schedule a drop off time. Barnabas may also be able to schedule large furniture donations for pick up. The Barnabas Network is located at 2024 Sixteenth St., behind the Walmart on Cone Boulevard.

Move Action Day
Volunteers are needed to support New Jerusalem Cathedral’s “Move Action Day.” The two-day event takes place from 9 am to 4 pm, July 24-25 with a focus on providing housing counseling, workplace preparation and life skills training, along with housing resources and medical screenings. The event is open to Heritage House residents and to the community at large who are in need of services. For more information, or to assist, residents can contact Lisa Taylor at lisa@newjc.org.

Volunteer Services
Volunteers are needed to support the transport and pick up of furniture and to assist with residents who are moving out of the Heritage House. Residents or groups interested in volunteering can contact Gloria Gray at the City of Greensboro at gloria.gray@greensboro-nc.gov.

Financial Donations
Monetary donations may be made to the Emergency Relocation Fund at The Community Foundation of Greensboro. Donations may be made by mail to: 330 S. Greene St., Suite 100, Greensboro, NC 27401, or online at www.cfgg.org. Proceeds will be used to support relocation expenses for residents of the Heritage House and other low income households.

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Yes! Weekly: Camp closures bring sudden change to Greensboro’s homeless.

The latest on downtown homeless camp closings in Greensboro:

If there is a concerted effort to close down multiple longstanding homeless camps on the outskirts of Greensboro’s downtown then nobody’s talking. Like any good conspiracy theory, there are threads of suspicion that run off in numerous directions without any real motivating nexus.

But in conversations with homeless advocates, law enforcement and neighbors who’ve lived in harmony with discrete camps for years on end a pattern emerges that suggests some force – like one small pebble dropping into a pool of water – has sent ripples of change across more than a dozen homeless camps near downtown.

Property owners have sudden changes of heart about allowing homeless people to camp on vacant or wooded lots. Rumors of camp closures, in addition to actual forced evictions, move small pockets of homeless people, causing large camps – like the one at Freeman Mill Road and Spring Garden Street near the entrance to the Downtown Greenway – to swell. Others peel off, looking for more serene camps like the one just beside Chestnut Street in the Aycock Historic District, bringing unwanted attention to people who’ve lived out of sight and mostly out of mind from the surrounding community.

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