Affordable Housing

The City of Charlotte also is planning to buy the old Double Oaks Elementary School site off Statesville Road for future affordable housing.
Mecklenburg County Commission

The Charlotte City Council approved a series of land deals Monday designed to help meet its goal of developing more affordable housing.

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Few Charlotteans may remember Earle Village, the public housing community built in First Ward just outside uptown. It was a bustling community that stretched from 6th street to 10th street, roughly bordered by Myers Street and Caldwell Street. It was the place where 400 of the city's poorest families resided — until the village was condemned to demolition in the 1990s.

The City of Charlotte also is planning to buy the old Double Oaks Elementary School site off Statesville Road for future affordable housing.
Mecklenburg County Commission

Charlotte officials are looking at selling or donating city-owned land as part of a campaign to spur construction of affordable housing. 

The Charlotte City Council's Housing and Neighborhood Development Commitee discussed changes to the city's Housing Locational Policy Wednesday.
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When the Charlotte City Council tries to build affordable housing, it often runs into a problem that has nothing to do with money or finding the right land.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
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The Charlotte City Council unanimously approved Monday a framework for how the city would build affordable housing, a little more than two months before voters will be asked to approve a $50 million housing bond.

Crescent Communities said Monday it will donate 4 ½ acres for affordable housing in the planned River District project in west Charlotte. The land — worth $2 million — eventually will be developed by Laurel Street Homes of Charlotte, which plans to build 124 units there by late 2021.

Renaissance West sits on 41 acres off West Boulevard where the Boulevard Homes housing project once stood.
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The Charlotte City Council will vote next month whether to revise or eliminate the city policy on where affordable housing can be built. Officials say the policy is outdated, and conflicts with the council's goal of adding more affordable units. Residents are being asked to comment at meetings beginning this week.

Charlotte voters will be asked in November to more than triple the city’s Housing Trust Fund, to $50 million. It’s part of a plan to increase affordable housing. City officials say there’s a 34,000-unit shortfall.

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Charlotte City Council members are expected to take the next steps Monday night in putting a $223 million bond referendum on the ballot in November.   

City of Charlotte

Charlotte City Council members will vote Monday night on a budget that boosts salaries for police officers and firefighters. The $2.6 billion budget would also increase Charlotte’s property tax rate for the first time in five years.   

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