‘House Us Now’ March and Rally Pursues Housing Justice

On Sunday, September 25, about 125 people marched from Weaver Street Market in Carrboro to the Lincoln Center in Chapel Hill to bring awareness of the need for affordable housing in the two communities. A rally with speakers, music and food was held at the Lincoln Center where participants enjoyed the afternoon and the message of “House Us Now.” Photo by Michelle Cassell.


By Michelle Cassell
Assignment Editor/Correspondent

Editor’s Note: As a bonus to her four-part series for The Local Reporter on affordable housing efforts in Carrboro, Michelle Cassell delivers some photos of the recently held “House Us Now” March and Rally, a collaborative event to bring attention to the issue in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. To read the series, click here for Part 1, here for Part 2, here for Part 3, and here for Part 4.

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils, at right, joins David Lyres in holding the banner Lyres created for the “House Us Now” March and Rally held on September 25. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

Yvette Mathews, Office and Community organizer of the Community Empowerment Foundation (CEF), speaks to a group gathered to support the need for affordable housing in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

Nichica Johnson, at left, performs an interpretive dance with Samaya Mathews during the “House Us Now” Rally on September 25. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

“I’m tired of seeing people get vouchers and not finding enough places that will rent to people with vouchers,” said Jackie Jenks, president and CEO of Inter-faith Council for Social Service in Carrboro. Jenks is pictured here speaking to people gathered at the rally supporting affordable housing on September 25. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As assignment editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of southern Orange County news.

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