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Jane T
Roxboro St
(Old North Durham and Duke Park)
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Thanks + A New Goal

the project

We’ve all been affected by the ongoing pandemic, but renters in our neighborhood will be hit the hardest as the virus and job losses continue. With the end of unemployment benefits and eviction moratoriums, more and more renters are likely to lose their homes at a time when having a place to shelter is a matter of life and death.


Mutual aid groups in Old North Durham and Duke Park are raising money to provide rent relief for households in our neighborhoods. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide 20 households with $500 to go toward rent and utility payments. The more we are able to raise, the more households we’ll be able to support. 


Although we know $500 is not enough to cover a month’s rent, it could make a difference for renters on the margin. Because our process will be more nimble and less burdensome than others, we can get funds quickly into the hands who need them. 


During this time of social distancing and isolation, we can still come together to support one another. 

the steps

By the end of September 

  • Collect funds from neighbors
  • Follow up applicants about their needs.


By early October

  • Redistribute funds to neighbors who request support 


*Should requests exceed funds available, our mutual aid groups are committed to connecting applicants to other resources and efforts in the community 


why we're doing it

Why we’re doing it

Even before the pandemic, Durham was in an affordable housing crisis. Rising rents across the city have put undue pressure on low-income renters. Half of renters in Durham spend more than 30% of their income on rent. Durham has the highest rate of eviction filings among the state’s 10 largest counties. Filings for eviction in Durham County have already begun to increase with the end of the moratorium in July. The longer the pandemic lasts, the more housing insecurity there will be - especially among Black and Hispanic households who are more likely to rent and have been affected by COVID-related job loss at a higher rate. 

Our government has been slow to act. 

Although the CDC recently issued an eviction moratorium until the end of the year, it does not relieve renters of their financial obligations and therefore only postpones evictions. Meanwhile, lawmakers at the federal level can’t agree to another stimulus package to provide the long term financial assistance needed to keep renters stably housed and allow small landlords to pay their expenses. Governor Cooper recently announced $94 million for rent and utility payments to avoid evictions but applications are not yet open. And the City of Durham has yet to announce any plans to provide assistance. As we have seen with other rent relief funds across the country, any funding will run out quickly. Moreover, some people who need support will be left out including those who are undocumented or work in the cash economy. 

Now more than ever, it’s become clear all we have is one another. 

Mutual aid networks sprung up around the country when the pandemic first started and have provided support and resources these past six months. In Old North Durham and Duke Park, mutual aid groups have distributed over 500 reusable masks, redistributed stimulus checks to four undocumented families, raised over $4000 for low-income families at Durham Nativity School, bought groceries for elderly and immunocompromised neighbors, and provided other kinds of support. The rent relief fund is the latest project in an ongoing effort to come together and meet each other’s needs. 



We are aiming for $15,000, so we can provide $500 grants to 30 households.

ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $15,464

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.


Thanks + A New Goal

We met our goal of $10,000!

With ten days until the rent is due and over 40 neighbors requesting support, we are raising our goal to $15,000. Will you help us achieve this milestone and to help even more households before October 1 by sharing our campaign with neighbors, friends and families?

We couldn't be more proud of what our community been able to accomplish in the 12 days since we launched. Thank you all for your incredible generosity and for taking care of each other during this unprecedented crisis.


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