The primary duties of the Community Affairs Office are:
- To plan, coordinate and host educational programs (workshops, forums, etc.) that will serve to enhance the knowledge of citizens and promote citizen involvement in governmental affairs.
- To meet with local agencies, civic organizations and industries to advise and/or consult with them on matters involving human relations.
- To provide Human Relations Training for city employees and Fair Housing workshops for the community.
- To receive complaints from the Community Development areas and assist with identifying impediments to fair housing choices with the Planning/Community Development Department.
- To provide an updated list of minority businesses, civic and fraternal organizations and churches annually.
Commission of Community Affairs
Two-year Term of Office
Membership: All members are appointed by the Goldsboro City Council. Membership on the Goldsboro Commission of Community Affairs is restricted to citizens and residents of the city of Goldsboro and its one-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction. The membership shall be composed of not more than 10 members. Any vacancy shall be filled by the City Council for all unexpired terms.
Meetings: The Goldsboro Commission of Community Affairs meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Historic City Hall, 214 North Center Street.
Establishment and Purpose: In July 1975, the Goldsboro Commission of Community Affairs was established by means of a merger involving the Goldsboro Human Relations Commission and the Goldsboro Citizens Advisory Commission. The creation of this new body became desirable in order to respond more constructively to the intent and purpose of the Community Development Program.
The purpose and duties of the Commission of Community Affairs:
- Inform the general public of existing local, state and federal policies, regulations and programs and how these particular policies, regulations and programs directly affect the lives of area residents.
- Establish and maintain a voluntary union and to promote mutual trust between the city and its citizens.
- Create a forum which permits open discussion and invites the free expression of public opinion relating to existing and proposed city plans and to customs and practices which foster misunderstanding, suspicion, and animosity among neighborhood residents.
- Achieve and sustain meaningful rapport and an effective degree of citizen involvement in municipal affairs and associated projects, especially those which pertain to that sector of the city within which one resides.
- Study problems of discrimination as they are brought to the Commission’s attention; to encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all social and ethnic groups within the city.
- Anticipate and discover those practices and customs most likely to create animosity and unrest among racial and ethnic groups and by consultation seek a solution as these problems arise or are anticipated.
- Serve as an advisory body to the City Council on matters involving social planning.
- Assist in the development of a viable community including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunity principally for persons of low and moderate income.
- Aid in the elimination of slums and blight and prevention of blighting influences and the deterioration of property and neighborhood and community facilities of importance to the welfare of the community.
- Aid in the elimination of conditions which are detrimental to health, safety, and public welfare, through cede rehabilitation assistance and related activities.
- Aid in the conservation and expansion of the city’s housing stock in order to provide a decent home and suitable living environment for all persons, but principally those of low and moderate income.
- Aid in the expansion and improvement of the quantity and quality of community services, principally for persons of low and moderate income, which are essential for sound community development.
- Aid in the restoration and preservation of properties of special value for historic, architectural or aesthetic reasons.