Watts Street Baptist Church was recognized for a decade of financial and leadership support of Durham CAN during the roll call of delegations at St. Philips Episcopal Church on June 16. Affordable housing, public safety, education and jobs were among the heavy topics raised during the Public Assembly.
Durham Housing Authority board members, Durham city council members, Durham County commissioners and city staff in attendance agreed to take action regarding increasing affordable housing options in the city. Potential efforts include using city-owned buildings for affordable housing, creating job training opportunities for housing related jobs and the city applying for low-income housing tax credits.
Community-police relations and written consent from police officers to conduct searches were also on Durham CAN’s radar. “Hopefully I can get some insight in what we can do to continue to build trust in this community,” Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said. Lopez agreed to meet with the organization within 10 days to discuss the police department’s written consent policy.
The July 12 Minute for Mission will be presented by Bob Kruhm on behalf of Durham CAN. Watts Street supports the multi-faith, non-partisan, countywide citizen’s group with annual membership dues and individual donors. Please give generously. A couple of donors, along with a foundation, have pledged to match every dollar of your contribution.