Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

Candidate Survey 2021

"It is important, now more than ever, to secure housing for the members of our community who are rarely recognized or supported. These are the essential workers, artists, service industry laborers, and teachers who are the heartbeat of Orange County. Local leadership has a responsibility to ensure that these members of our community do more than survive... but thrive! We must be creative, resilient, and hold those in power and each other accountable if Orange County is going to truly be a place for all. A key step is electing leaders who will manifest this vision into practice. The Affordable Housing Coalition asks our community to take the time to read this survey and discern who is up for the task at hand. The power is with you! The people!"

- George Barrett, Executive Director, Marian C. Jackson Center and Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition Advocacy Co-chair






In anticipation of the 2021 municipal elections, the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition has surveyed candidates for Chapel Hill Mayor and Town Council, Carrboro Mayor and Town Council, and Hillsborough Town Board of Commissioners about their perspective and positions on the role of an elected official in affordable housing, funding priorities for affordable housing, and property tax burden on long-term homeowners. Please check out the survey results at the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition website before you vote, and if you have already voted, please share this information with those in your networks:

Early voting is open now through October 30th, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. Polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You may click here to view Orange County voting information including sample ballots.

The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition is an association of non-profit housing developers, service providers, advocacy groups, and local government partners working together to provide housing opportunities for all in Orange County. Jackie Jenks and Jennifer Gill represent IFC on the Coalition, and serve on its advocacy and communications committees, respectively. Of particular importance to the IFC community is the urgent need for housing for our neighbors who are living at 30% AMI and below.

Outgoing IFC board governance chair, Jennifer Player, is the Coalition's co-chair. She says, “The people who are the fabric of our community really cannot afford to live in our community. This is why it’s important to have elected officials who know and understand the urgency in finding solutions to house the people who work here at our university, at our hospital, at our small businesses and even our local government.”