Charlotte Talks: Urban Institute Report on Homelessness and Housing Instability in Charlotte

Oct 7, 2019

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

Affordable housing has long been in short supply in Charlotte and as we grow, the problem has worsened.  Voters said yes to $50 million to help solve the problem, and the business community put up another $50 million.  The city has been working hard to put that money to good use, but now a new  study says these efforts are not yet working.  We hear more about the findings.

Credit WFAE

According to a new study, our affordable housing crisis in Mecklenburg County is getting worse.

The new report, funded by Mecklenburg County, and authored by UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, shows that people of color and people at the lowest income levels are the ones most affected by challenges in affordable housing.

The report comes at a time when millions of dollars are being raised to address the region’s housing problems. How do we reconcile the worsening of our housing situation in the Charlotte region with the dollars that are being committed to helping the problem?

What can be learned from the report to help leaders find a way to better our housing situation?

Mike Collins will be joined by a panel to discuss on "Charlotte Talks."

Guests:

Bridget Anderson, Social Research Specialist at UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute

Courtney Morton, Housing and Homelessness Research Coordinator for Mecklenburg County

Carol Hardison, CEO of Crisis Assistance Ministry

Anthony Trotman, Assistant County Manager