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Chapel Hill starts implementation of the BIC Action Plan

The Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Initiative announces the publication of the BIC Action Plan, available in English or Spanish. The BIC Action Plan is the result of two years of public meetings and strategy sessions that engaged immigrant and refugee residents of Chapel Hill, detailed in the report, “Chapel Hill Community Perspectives and Recommendations for Local Government” (in English or Spanish). The Action Plan is organized around five key areas: public transportation, housing, public safety and law enforcement, leadership, and government communication. In addition to detailing some of the challenges they experience, community members also identified some solutions to address their obstacles.

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Over the next year, the Town of Chapel Hill and community stakeholders will begin implementing their action plan. Some of the proposed actions include:

  • Pilot a Chapel Hill Transit demand-based transportation solution
  • Continue implementation of the Town’s Affordable Housing Strategies and identify national best practices for affordable housing that serves immigrant and refugee populations
  • Create a more centralized and intentional outreach request process for the Chapel Hill Police Department
  • Create and launch a recruitment process to Town boards, commissions, and committees that is strategic, intentional, iterative, and accessible to immigrant and refugee residents.
  • Create a Town-wide Language Access Plan

The Building Integrated Communities Program is an initiative of the Latino Migration Project at UNC Chapel Hill in collaboration with local governments, community residents and organization leaders. For more information about the statewide program, and to apply to the program, visit the BIC website or contact hgill@email.unc.edu, isaurag@live.unc.edu or jgutierrez@unc.edu. For information specifically about Chapel Hill BIC, please visit the Town of Chapel Hill BIC webpage.

04/26/2019