Perry Place, named in memory of Velma Perry

Leasing Information for Perry Place

Thank you for your interest in Perry Place. There are no current vacancies at this community.

If you have already submitted an application to Norco Management and were determined eligible, your name has been placed on the waiting list. When a future vacancy occurs, you will be contacted based on your placement on the waiting list.

Our application portal will remain open for this property. If you are interested in applying for future consideration, applications are available by clicking here.

Please direct all inquiries to Norco Management: email hidden; JavaScript is required, or 910-791-3354.

Reminders for Applicants

  • 24 of the apartments are located in Chapel Hill and 24 are located in Carrboro.
  • Rents for the 1- and 2-bedroom apartments will range from $350 – $950 per month, based on the tenant’s household income
  • A portion of units will be reserved for people with disabilities.
  • Rental subsidies will be accepted for all units.




Background & Funding

In February and March 2021, CASA held a public naming contest for our newest Orange County community along Merritt Mill Rd. After receiving over 50 submissions, our panel of judges submitted their votes and chose a clear winner– Perry Place! Perry Place is named in memory of Velma Perry and was submitted by Hudson Vaughan of the Jackson Center, a dear friend and colleague of Ms. Perry’s.

Funding for land and predevelopment costs for Perry Place were provided by Orange County, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Strowd Roses. CASA was also awarded low income housing tax credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) for this property, as well as a 0% interest Workforce Housing loan. Perry Place will straddle the town border and will contain 48 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, 24 in Carrboro and 24 in Chapel Hill. The community will serve families and individuals earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and will contain amenities like a covered picnic area with tables and a grill, an ADA accessible playground, a multipurpose room, a resident computer center, and porches/balconies at each unit. Rental subsidies will be accepted for all units, and a portion of the apartments will be reserved for people living with disabilities.

Velma Perry was a Northside leader and activist, fighting hard to preserve her community. She lived in her same home in Chapel Hill for 98 years, and was a defining voice in her community. She fought for noise ordinances, trash rules, development regulations, and everything in-between. Ms. Perry was also a passionate affordable housing advocate. She served on EmPowerment’s board for several years and helped with the creation of the conservation districts in Northside and Pine Knolls nearby. Delores Bailey, EmPowerment’s Executive Director, says Ms. Perry would be “tickled-pink” to know she was honored in this way.  Click here to watch the groundbreaking ceremony.

Merritt Mill Site Plan