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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.

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Click image above to view more about proposed Bus Stop upgrades to
Holloway Street (Village Transit Center) and Fayetteville Street Corridors

Holloway Street Corridor (Village Transit Center)
Draft Recommendations - Click image to download

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

Economic Relief for Small Businesses

 

See these links about state/federal programs to aid small businesses, including COVID-related disaster loan assistance, tax credits, restaurant funding, debt relief, technology assistance, and more. 

Mortgage and Housing Assistance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers help for homeowners, renters, and landlords. Renters can take action to avoid eviction using the August 3 CDC eviction moratorium order; forms and instructions available in multiple languages are provided on the website. Renters can also apply for money to cover rent and utilities. 

Gang Issues in Durham Survey

4 survey respondents will be selected to win $25 -- open to all Durham County residents.

Take this survey regarding gang issues in Durham: surveymonkey.com/r/ZC7S2K5

Vaccine Info - Home Vaccinations

NC residents who can't leave home or obtain transportation to get the vaccine may request a free home visit to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more. Alternatively, see upcoming vaccination events in Durham.

DCoDPH Vaccine Clinic Hours

Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) Vaccine Clinic at 414 E. Main St. hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closed 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. daily. Vaccines are available for anyone 12 and older, regardless of insurance or documentation. The clinic is open for walk-ins and appointments, or See upcoming vaccination events in your community.

Main Library Reopening + Events

The Main Library at 300 N Roxboro St. is open! 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.

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.

Nurturing Durham Website Launch

The Nurturing Durham Resource Guide website is now live in English and Spanish! The guide makes it easy to find free and low-cost programs for well-being of children and families in Durham.

Job Postings

    1. Community Engagement Analyst - City of Durham / Neighborhood Improvement Services

         The Community Engagement Analyst will serve as the data expert for the Community Engagement Team, 

         and lead the development and management of data efforts and processes that will further the community-

         centered engagement described in our Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint.

         See the job posting > Community Engagement Analyst

    2. Community Engagement Strategist - Bilingual (English - Spanish) / Neighborhood Improvement Services

         Under general supervision of the Community Engagement Manager, the Community Engagement Strategist

         is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with residents through community-centered programs

         and activities that foster community cohesion. See the job posting > Community Engagement Strategist 

More Job Openings (click-on position title) below:

More Opportunities:

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.

Durham Language Access Plan

The City of Durham has now published web pages in English and Spanish about the Language Access Plan,

which works so that all people with limited English proficiency can access City services and resources as well as

English speakers.

​Water Bill Assistance Program

Worried about your water bill? The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) can help. 

Apply for assistance online or call (919) 560-8000.

NC Broadband Survey

Help Durham stay more connected. Take a 5-minute survey (available in Spanish) about internet connection needs

and quality. To report locations without internet service, participants can take the survey by phone - text “internet”

to (919) 750-0553.