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Video: Housing Affordability and ADUs

Policy changes that are helping to create attainable housing in Durham, North Carolina, also enable older adults to live independently while having family just steps away

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are a solution for communities grappling with rising home prices. This is especially true in places where older residents want to remain in their lifelong neighborhoods but are at risk of getting priced out. In Durham, North Carolina, AARP North Carolina worked with Durham Community Land Trustees and successfully advocated for changes to local ordinances that make it easier to build ADUs — increasing the supply of affordable housing units in established neighborhoods. The family featured in this video built an ADU on their property so their mom could continue to live on her own, engaging in the activities she enjoys, while being close by. 

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Page published October 2022

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