Approximately 56,000 working families who make less than $39,000 a year in Wake County are currently unable to find affordable housing. Current trends show that number may increase to as many as 150,000 households over the next 20 years.

To address this growing need, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the 20-year Affordable Housing Plan developed by the Affordable Housing Steering Committee.​

The plan outlines three essential strat
egies to address Wake County’s growing housing crisis:

Land Use Policy: 

The county and its municipalities will use their land use regulations and zoning authorities to indirectly support the production and preservation of affordable housing. More intensive and flexible land use will better enable housing supplies to keep pace with housing needs. This strategy will also help to mitigate housing cost increases and reduce the pressure to convert existing affordable units to market-rate housing. 

Leveraged Programs:

New subsidized affordable housing will be created or preserved to meet residents’ needs. Structuring programs to effectively combine public funding with private and philanthropic capital will increase the total amount of affordable housing that can be produced or preserved. 

New Public Resources: 

New funding sources for affordable housing production and preservation will be developed to increase the resources available to meet Wake County’s housing challenges. A dedicated public subsidy will help produce affordable housing, because it closes the gap between what a household can afford to pay and what it costs to develop and maintain quality housing. 



These strategies provide a strong roadmap to address our residents’ housing needs. By pursuing these tools, the county, along with its municipal partners, can increase the development of affordable housing while protecting existing affordable housing.



You can learn more about the Affordable Housing Plan through the resources below: