March Newsletter: Marching into April!

House Us NOW! March for affordable housing 30% AMI and below

House Us NOW!

Join us Saturday, April 9, 1:00-5:00 pm

CEF, alongside IFC, MCJC, CHC-NAACP, and EmPOWERment Inc., is hosting the second biannual House Us NOW! march on April 9. The march will raise awareness and raise voices of people needing to find affordable housing at 30% AMI and below.

We will meet at the Peace and Justice Plaza, 179 E Franklin Street, in Chapel Hill at 1:00 PM and march to the Jackson Center at 512 W Rosemary Street. There will be food, dancing, a live DJ taking requests, and a chance for people to speak out!

A recent WRAL Tech Wire article focused on the current housing market in the Triangle. Demand is at an all-time high while affordability is at an all-time low. The article shared data from the Triangle Multiple Listing Service (TMLS) showing that median sales prices are up by 23.9% from just last year! 

This data shows that it is more important than ever to show up and advocate for safe, affordable housing for folks at 30% AMI and below. Join us April 9! Get there early and march at 1:00 PM.

CEF Durham Spring Celebration!

April 16, 1-3 PM

CEF Durham’s Spring Celebration will be on April 16 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Hillside Park, 1301 S Roxboro Street! All CEF Members, Advocates, and staff are welcome! Come celebrate Durham’s graduating Advocates and enjoy food, music, activities, and the spring weather!

Women’s Voices: We Are Speaking

Women’s Voices: We Are Speaking

Affordable Housing: A Local Response to a National Challenge

This Saturday from 10:00-12:00 PM be sure to join in on this discussion with local affordable housing professionals focused on issues related to affordable housing and advocacy. Register for the event here.

CEF is looking for new Board Members!

Join the CEF Board!

CEF is actively recruiting Board Members

Are you interested in an active role in guiding CEF’s future? Join the Board to participate with CEF in a deeper way. Learn more and fill out the interest form here.

Resource Alert The Kramden Institute & NC Fines and Fees Relief

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the NC Fines & Fees Coalition.

In early March, a federal judge signed off on a court settlement requiring the NCDMV to send a special notice to tens of thousands of drivers about how they can request a court hearing if their license was revoked because of an inability to pay fines and fees. During the hearing petitioners can request an adjustment to the fines and fees and reinstatement of their license. In addition to the special notice, the DMV will be required:

To include in future notices specific information about how a driver can petition and show to the court an inability to pay a traffic-related fine before receiving a revocation notice.

To fund an informational website with videos, written explanations, and other materials on how to prevent loss of license because of non-payment.

To reference this website in the special and newly revised notices for 18 months and to include this information on the DMV’s website and in its various offices across the state.

A toolkit which includes the form is available at the website here.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Leah would like to highlight the Kramden Institute. The Kramden Institute provides affordable computers for low-income adults. Recently they have reduced prices starting at $70 for laptops and have started offering desktops at $30! If you are a CEF Member and interested in purchasing a computer through Kramden, let us know! CEF is a partner agency and can help you apply for a computer.

If you are interested in donating old computer equipment check here to see if Kramden could use it.

April Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours through April 22:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

If you’d like to schedule an appointment after April 22 please call 919.797.9233


CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thurs: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.


We recognize that we work and CEF’s offices are located on the unceded territories of the Eno, Lumbee, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes. We acknowledge and respect the ancestral & present land stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories. Please support them directly.


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