The People’s Business: February 20, 2023

Housing Justice Now appeared in force at the February 20, 2023, meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council. HJN’s anti-eviction action at 12oo Willie Davis Drive earlier in the day helped push the City to offer residents facing eviction a generous resettlement package. But that’s not enough. There isn’t anywhere for the residents to go. Section 8 has a huge backlog. HAWS’ own documents show that it takes approximately six months for a housing voucher holder to find a Section 8 property. The only risk-free option for the residents on Willie Davis Drive is to move them into the Choice Neighborhood Phase One property at the former Brown Elementary site. That may take months, but the City can’t push those residents from their homes into an uncertain future.

Agenda - 2023-02-20T191035.154
City of W-S Agenda, 2/202023

City Promises Intended To Placate Housing Activists


“A Million Here, A Million There,” And Pretty Soon You Have Spent A Lot Of Money.


February 20, 2023, Winston-Salem City Council Expenditures:

-Desktop Computers, $179,978.46 (C-2)
-Ten Toyota Camrys, $275,450 (C-3)
-Three Dodge Durangos, $126,709.14 (C-4)
-Paratransit Buses, $857,656 (C-5)
-Mobile Fueling Services, $95,000 (C-6)
-Skatepark Equipment, $123,883.57 (C-7)
-Data Center Equipment, $135,433.68 (C-8)
-Upfit of Police Vehicles, $429,000 (C-9)
-Water Rescue Boat, $58,589.88 (C-10)
-Granville Park Improvements, $1,047,121 (C-11)
-Fairlawn Drive Sidewalk Project, $6,525 (C-12)
-Stormwater Engineering and Design, $2,250,000 (C-13)
-Microsoft Enterprise License Agreement, $803,074.89 (C-14)
-Flats At Peters Creek, an additional $2.7 million (C-17)
-Cloverdale Ave Pedestrian Improvements, $1,969,490 (C-19)
-Tennis Court Reconstruction, $1,133,545 (C-20)
-Pickleball Court Conversions, $294,208 (C-21)


The City Council Reappointed Paul Norby to another term on the Affordable Housing Coalition. No Need To Put Activists On The Board, But Do Keep The Planner Who Helped Prioritize DTWS Instead Of Affordable Housing.

Shiny, Happy Coverage Of The Council From The City of Winston-Salem:

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