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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

DCABPI has been selected as one of four organizations to serve as a Community Partner with The City of Durham – Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS) as part of a comprehensive Community Engagement initiative. Through DCABPI existing partnerships with community organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses located in East Durham, DCABPI is working on behalf of and to support the African-American community (residents & businesses) along Holloway Street and Wellons Village area located in East Durham.

As a Community Partner, DCABPI in-conjunction with the City of Durham’s NIS Department

is currently in the process of conducting interviews with community leaders, along with:

  • Deliver presentations to community-based organizations;

  • Schedule various events & training workshops;

  • Attend and support community events;

  • Collect data to identify the needs of residents & local businesses.

DCABPI will also host Public Forums relevant to the specified NIS topic, event or initiative.

The forums will be held either on-site (COVID-19 permitting) or virtually via our preferred videoconferencing platform (e.g., Zoom). In addition, we interact with community members using Social Media channels (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) as well as via email and more.

OUR WORK IN PROGRESS

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DCABPI is assisting The City of Durham Transportation Department to enlighten community residents and businesses about the Transit Planning and Operations Analysis (TPOA) Project. The community engagement work we are doing this fiscal year will help the TPOA Project to better serve local residents. DCABPI has held meetings with key Transportation Department staff members along with the Transportation Engagement Consultant to learn about the project and provide community input with regard to the TPOA Project.

BETTER BUS PROJECT OVERVIEW

The 18-month Better Bus Project consists of five individual projects that will identify GoDurham bus access and service improvements system-wide, with additional focus on GoDurham Routes 3 and 5.

The Public engagement for the Better Bus Project is guided by the Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint, adopted by the City of Durham in 2019.  To learn more about each of the five projects, Click > Better Bus Project

Holloway Street Transit Corridor Project: 

The Holloway Street Transit Corridor has the highest ridership in the GoDurham system and also provides 15-minute service. This project will identify and design sidewalk, street, and bus stop improvements for GoDurham riders along a 2.1-mile section of GoDurham Route 3 (Holloway Street, Liberty Street, Elizabeth Street) from Roxboro Street to U.S. Highway 70.

Learn more > Holloway Street Corridor/Village Transit Center.

Take the Better Bus Project survey today!

Do you see a bus stop missing a sidewalk or crosswalk?  Does your bus arrive late? 

Your input will help design the sidewalks, crosswalks, intersection improvements, and better bus service for GoDurham bus riders.  Survey closes on June 18th, 2021.

Have you already taken the survey? 

Tell a friend!               

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To learn more on the Better Bus Project, participate, or sign up for the email list, visit: http://bit.ly/godurhambetterbus.

East Durham Participants Needed for

GoDurham Microtransit Focus Group! 

To learn more, click-on the image below

Join the GoDurham Microtransit Pilot Program Focus Group!

GoDurham wants to make traveling in Eastern Durham easier by adding a shared ride service that would provide on-demand transportation within a specified area. The zone would run from Junction Road east to S Mineral Springs Road and from Freeman Road south to the intersection of US 70 and Sherron Road. Riders could use a smartphone app or call to book a trip in a shared vehicle.

 

Residents, employees or frequent visitors in the area are requested to provide valued input in a focus group setting. As a thank you for participants’ time, GoDurham will provide a $50 gift card to Food Lion or Walmart, upon availability. 

If you have any questions please call or text 919-930-1536 or email publicengagement@gotriangle.org


To learn more about the program, click > GoDurham Microtransit Pilot Program.

"THE FUTURE STARTS NOW"

 

RESOURCES FOR YOU

GoDurham Transit Planning & Operations Analysis (TPOA)

 

Holloway Street Transit Study / Village Transit Center Plan 

Route 3 is one of the most used bus routes in the GoDurham system. At the eastern end of Route 3 is The Village Shopping Center (formerly Wellons Village). Outside of Durham Station, the bus stops at The Village Shopping Center are the highest used in the GoDurham system. Due to the location and overlap in bus service, outreach for the Holloway Street Transit Study and Village Transit Center Plan will be evaluated and presented together. 

 

What the study will do:

  • Look at ways to make it easier to get to bus stops along Holloway Street between Roxboro Street and US 70,

  • Identify and design improvements to bus stops, sidewalks, and crosswalks,

  • Identify ways to improve bus stop waiting conditions that will increase comfort and safety for bus riders,

  • Upgrade the bus stops at The Village Shopping Center

  • Identify and design improvements to streets, intersections, and traffic signals to speed up GoDurham Route 3 bus service and help riders get to their destinations on time.

 

Where:

Streets within ¼ mile of GoDurham Route 3 for a 2.1-mile section (Holloway Street, Liberty Street, and Elizabeth Street) from Roxboro Street to US 70. In the area of the Village Shopping Center, the study will look at both Village Shopping Center bus stops, the properties adjacent to the Village Shopping Center, and the bus stops along the adjacent streets (i.e., Raynor Street between Fidelity Drive and N. Miami Boulevard).

For more information about the Durham Transit Plan, and to help determine the future of transit in Durham, go > ENGAGEDurham.

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Overview

The City of Durham is currently conducting a comprehensive inventory and condition assessment of the 639 miles of sidewalk in the city’s right-of-way.

Sidewalks provide safety, connectivity, opportunities for exercise, and accessibility.

The sidewalks condition assessment will be used to develop a sidewalk asset management plan for short and long term maintenance and repair activities.

The condition assessment is primarily focused on existing sidewalk infrastructure and public right-of-way accessibility. Furthermore, the assessment will identify potential connectivity gaps.

An equitable citywide engagement process was used to gather feedback from the public regarding conditions of neighborhood sidewalks, as well as the reasons for and, frequency of, sidewalk use.

Information from the sidewalk inventory and assessment and the community engagement survey will be shared with the City for use in current and future efforts to improve Durham’s sidewalks.

Announcements

Neighborhood Matching Grants

Looking to bring your neighborhood together? Have ideas for physical improvement, training, or events in your community? Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services' Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is now open for applications! Each applicant may request up to $2,500 in matching funds. The deadline is August 20. 

Read more.

Vaccination Info

Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) is modifying their vaccination clinic hours starting Aug. 2 to be open Monday-Wednesday for appointments and walk-ins. See upcoming hour changes and details.

Events will continue for community vaccinations on Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends. See upcoming events.

Vaccines are available for anyone 12 and older, regardless of insurance or documentation.

Main Library Reopening + Events

The Main Library at 300 N Roxboro St. reopened July 20! Lots of upcoming events including bilingual Spanish/English Zoom events, fiction groups, cookbook club meetings, family fun, and more.

Check out all upcoming events

Durham's Affordable Housing Tracking Platform

Visit the Forever Home, Durham website to see developments on the $160 million affordable housing program. 

Transportation Public Input Opportunities

Durham Transit Plan - Engage Durham is looking for feedback on the Durham Transit Plan for public transportation over the next 20 years. Take the survey online, available in English and Spanish.

Public Art for New Parking Deck


The new parking deck at East Main Street on the side facing Queen Street will be installed with new public art. Help the artist design something great by participating in the survey by Aug 9! (Here's a Facebook post to share.)

Nonprofits - Support Cultural and Arts Festivals


The City’s Cultural and Public Art Program is now seeking proposals from qualified entities in Durham to support new or existing cultural and arts festivals and special events. Read details and submit proposals by August 9.

Our Community Stories: Algonquin Club


Coming up in two weeks! The next event in the Our Community Stories series will partner with Durham Parks & Recreation and will focus on Algonquin Club and will be July 30 at noon. Check out the Facebook event and

RSVP for the Zoom.

Comment on Transportation Needs

Are you a transit rider, pedestrian, bicyclist, or highway driver? Do you have ideas about how transportation in Durham should look by 2050?  Check out the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO)'s Metropolitan Transportation plan and Deficiency and Needs Analysis.

Email comments, feedback, or ideas to andrew.henry@durhamnc.gov.

Job Postings

  1. City of Durham Transportation is hiring a Public Information and Communications Analyst. 

       Here's the job posting link and Facebook post.

       Description:

       The position will be responsible for managing communications channels including websites, social media, and 

       community outreach events to share news about Department initiatives and respond to requests and input from

       the community. 

    2. Durham County Cooperative Extension is hiring a bilingual (Spanish-English) Latino Community Outreach

        Specialist. 

        Here's the job posting link and Facebook post.

        Description:

        This person works in implementing the Latino Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Program so it is a really

        great role for someone who loves working with families and who is connected to/knowledgeable about the

        Durham Public Schools. The role also does a lot of translation from English to Spanish for the entire Cooperative

        Extension team and works with the team to make all of our resources and services more accessible to the Spanish

        speaking community

    3. City of Durham's City Clerk Community Outreach Internship

        Here's the job posting link.

        Description:

        The City's Clerk Community Outreach Internship position is designed to introduce undergraduate or graduate

        students to potential careers in local government community engagement. The selected candidate will work

        ($16.89 per hour) within the City Clerk’s Office with equity programming related to City Council advisory boards,

        committees and commissions. Successful applicant will conduct outreach into under-heard communities.

Food for Durham - donations and volunteers

Food for Durham is now accepting donations to benefit Durham County food pantries and other food distribution organizations. Find out how you can help at unitedwaytriangle.org/foodfordurham.

Here's the Facebook post.

For food assistance, check NC 2-1-1 or visit: www.unitedwaytriangle.org/nc2-1-1

DukeMed Presents Root Causes' Fresh Produce Program

Saturday Mornings/Afternoons at Farmer Foodshare (902 N Mangum St). Help is needed to support over 200 food insecure patients and families in the Durham community! See link > www.rootcauseshealth.org for info about the program and ways you can help.

Grants for high school graduates attending NC community colleges

Here's the Facebook post for more info plus informational graphic.

High school grads attending NC community colleges in Fall 2021 can apply for the NC Longleaf Commitment Grant

to apply for funds $700-2,800 per academic year. Apply through CFNC.org.