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High rent and home prices worsen Charlotte's affordable housing problem

Townhouses under construction in the Charlotte area.
Erin Keever / WFAE
Townhouses under construction in the Charlotte area.

Rent hikes and expensive homes are all too common in Charlotte. But a number of factors have led to the continued increase of people experiencing homelessness in the Queen City.

The cost of rent climbed over 17% year over year, more pricey townhomes are being built in traditionally affordable areas and local homeless shelters are seeing longer stays.

But advocates say solutions include the renovation and preservation of naturally occurring affordable housing, public and private money going toward the construction of public housing and shifts in public policy.

We get the latest on affordable housing in Charlotte with local advocates and officials.


Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County manager

Mark Ethridge, partner at Ascent Real Estate Capital

Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above

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Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.