House Us Now! March held in spite of rain – declares success

Inclement weather didn’t damper House Us Now! March participant’s enthusiasm. Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Prince.


By Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

The rain may have reduced the number of participants to 75 from the expected 200, but the unity of purpose was a powerful force — to provide housing and hope for our 30% and below citizens. Local politicians are taking note of this urgent need, as discussed in recent council meetings. “I think it was a success,” said Yvette Mathews the Community Empowerment Foundation’s community organizer and creator of the event.

“We were going no matter what!” Mathews said. The success of the event was also due to the invaluable support of our sponsors, including the Inter-Faith Foundation (IFC), the Street Outreach, Harm Reduction and Deflection (SORAD) program, Chapel Hill and Carrboro NAACP and Pee Wee Homes.

Community Organizer Yvette Mathews speaks to the crowd gathered under a tent at the Hargraves Community Center in Chapel Hill at the end of the march that began at Peace and Justice Plaza. Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Prince.

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 managing 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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