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Symposium to explore Orange County’s history of lynching

Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend a symposium Examining Historic Lynching in Orange County.

Between 1865 and 1941, more than 150 men and women in North Carolina met their fate at the hands of “Judge Lynch.”

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Northern Orange Branch of the NAACP, Free Spirit Freedom, and scholars from North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine this act of violence in microcosm, highlight what gave rise to a “lynch mentality,” and explore the anatomy of a lynching, racial terror and monuments of hate and measures to curb these acts of violence.

The symposium will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Passmore Center located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. Please register by Wednesday, January 30. Register online or call 919-245-2015.  
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Department on Aging to offer free tax preparation service for eligible individuals

Orange County will once again sponsor the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparation program.

IRS Certified VITA volunteers provide FREE federal and state income tax preparation, including free electronic filing, to eligible individuals with low-to-middle income. Clients are not restricted by age or county residency, but must meet eligibility guidelines.

Our tax season begins Feb. 6 and runs through April 13. Schedule your appointment online at  or call 919-245-4242 today!

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HOME Program Funding Application For FY 2019-20 available

The Orange County HOME Consortium’s application cycle is now open for entities wanting to apply for FY 2019-2020 funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and local communities that (often in partnership with local nonprofit groups) fund a wide range of activities including construction, acquisition, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership, or to provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. It is the largest Federal Block Grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.

HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to participating jurisdictions (PJs). The program’s flexibility allows states and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancements, rental assistance or security deposits. 

Orange County’s HOME funding applications are accepted once a year and are reviewed by the Orange County Home Consortium Committee, known as the Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative. The Collaborative is comprised of staff and elected officials from the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Orange County.

A recommended funding plan is reviewed for approval by each jurisdiction in the Spring of every year. 

The deadline is Feb. 5, 2019 at 4 p.m. For questions, persons may call the Housing and Community Development Department at 919.245.2490.
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Visitors Bureau Director chosen for N.C. Travel & Tourism Coalition

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau Director, Laurie Paolicelli, was approved to become a member of the N.C. Travel & Tourism Coalition at the regularly scheduled meeting of the board in November.

Paolicelli leads the efforts of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, which serves as the official destination marketing organization for Orange County and operates the Visitor Center in Chapel Hill. She has been employed with Orange County since October 2005 and is also a member of the Destination Management Association International. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Superior, Paolicelli recently completed graduate certification in Technology and Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Coalition, a private, nonprofit trade association founded in 1991, works to maintain a healthy environment in North Carolina for the continued growth and development of the travel and tourism industry, which is important economic driver in our state. North Carolina is the sixth most-visited state in America.

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