The Peace and Social Concerns Committee is working to help New Garden Friends Meeting incorporate more immediate social and economic justice actions into our everyday lives. Thus, every weekly newsletter will include one Anti-Racist Action suggestion and one website whereby members can find minority-owned business to support, if they so choose. The Meeting is not endorsing or advertising these businesses; we just feel it’s important to spread dollars more equitably to all community members and entrepreneurs. Suggestions for future ideas/submissions can be sent to Traci Claywell, 336-554-1534 by call/text or email to (traciventure66@yahoo.com)

Anti-Racist Actions You Can Take Now:

Learn about the City of Greensboro’s Affordable Housing Plan by (virtually) attending the UNC-G Center for Housing and Community Studies’ December Housing Hangout on Friday, Dec. 4, from 12noon-2pm. During this presentation, the City of Greensboro’s Neighborhood Development staff will present the new 10-year affordable housing plan, explaining, “The Housing GSO Plan is designed to guide the City of Greensboro’s public investments in affordable housing over the next 10 years. In 2016, the City dedicated $25 million in voter-approved local housing bond funds for affordable housing and neighborhood reinvestment programs. Housing GSO describes how to refocus the remaining bond funds, along with existing federal and new local funding, to most effectively address existing housing challenges. “The plan is organized around four goals: Affordable Rental Housing, Neighborhood Reinvestment, Access to Homeownership, and Supportive Housing. Successful implementation of Housing GSO will require building public awareness of Housing GSO and its ambitious goals. “For this month’s CHCS Housing Hangout we will explore the Housing GSO plan and several programs of the Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department with: Cynthia Blue, Housing Services Division Manager; Elizabeth Danley, Homelessness Prevention Program Coordinator; Sonyé Randolph, Housing Rehabilitation Administrator; Troy Powell, Code Compliance Division Manager; B. Lamont Taylor, Division Fiscal Planning & Administration Manager; and Sofia Crisp, Executive Director of Housing Consultants Group.”

To register, link on to https://tinyurl.com/yxrl84az For more information, contact the Center at 336-334-3863 or email (sjsills@uncg.edu). To get a sneak-peek of the 175-page (whew) Housing GSO Plan prior to the meeting, click on: https://tinyurl.com/yxjoogt8 As part of its mission, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) is committed to investigating and understanding how the social, economic, environmental and spatial aspects of home and neighborhood affect people’s health, well-being, and life course. The CHCS staff has been working to identify substandard homes, weak housing markets, vacant and abandoned lots and buildings, systemic inequality, and other community conditions that impact the quality of life of residents of the Piedmont. Visit http://chcs.uncg.edu to learn more.

Local Minority-Owned Business You Can Support Now:

Log-in to http://www.greensboroblackchamber.com, home of the Greater Greensboro Black Chamber of Commerce website, whose mission is to serve “as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of African American businesses in the Triad. We are focused on facilitating economic growth for the business community by providing access to business resources and opportunities that add value. Creating Change and Community!” Explore their website to discover businesses, events and programs that support our local minority-owned entrepreneurial community!