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Charlotte Talks Public Conversation: 'Finding Home: Charlotte's $270 Million Dream'

Jeff Cravotta

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

How do we help Charlotte's most vulnerable residents? Queen City voters said "yes" last year to a $50 million bond that would ease the city's lack of affordable housing. What's happened since then? We bring you a special "Charlotte Talks" Public Conversation about where affordable housing stands now. 

 (This show originally aired at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center)

In the 2018 local election, area voters passed a $50 million bond to provide some relief for Charlotte's affordable housing problem.

After the initial bond money was approved, millions more were raised in the public and private sector to bring the total money devoted to support affordable housing in Charlotte to over $270 million.

Host Mike Collins with panelists Stephanie Little, Vanessa Phillips and Mary Newsom

So, how much of that money has been spent? How much closer to a successful affordable housing outcome are we since last year's vote -- and what will success look like?

We're joined by those working on Charlotte's affordable housing situation and by some residents who are impacted.

Our conversation continued after the live show with questions and comments from the audience. Listen here: 



David Boraks, WFAE News Reporter 

Pam Wideman, Director of the City of Charlotte’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, which oversees Affordable Housing Programs in Charlotte

Carol Hardison, CEO of Crisis Assistance Ministry

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas

Mary Newsom, free lance writer and editor who focuses on urban growth. 

Vanessa Phillips and Stephanie Little, Brookhill Village residents

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Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.