Pierce says, “We believe everyone has a right to housing, and that affordable housing really does contribute to the building of a just society. One of the wonderful, rich things about Durham is its diversity and variety. Many people are fearful that if we aren’t very active in preserving [and building] affordable housing, people won’t have a place to live here, and we’ll lose a lot of that beautiful richness.”
In addition, Pierce addresses the Durham Rent Relief Program which has provided rental and utility assistance for city of Durham residents. The program is currently closed due to funding availability, pointing the the growing community need for housing at an affordable price point.