Affordable Housing

The city and developer Crosland Southeast envision three zones on the Eastland site: one residential, one for the MLS headquarters ("Active') and shopping and dining ("Eat and Meet").
City of Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council will hold a virtual public hearing Monday on the proposed rezoning of the former Eastland Mall site on the east side of the city. Officials said Wednesday they hope nearby businesses will want to move there. 

Residents and housing activists were at the Days Inn Monday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Police were back at a Days Inn in Charlotte Monday, a week after the owner tried to evict occupants by shutting off utilities for a day. 

Long-term residents at the Days Inn on East Woodlawn Road waited for the water and electricity to be turned back on at midday Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE

Long-term residents at a Days Inn in Charlotte got water and electricity back Tuesday, after the hotel shut it off in an attempt to force them out. It’s one of about a hundred hotels in the Charlotte area that got warnings this month about illegal evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

An architect's drawing of the proposed 324-unit New Brookhill complex. About half the units would be for people with lower-incomes.
New Brookhill

Developers planning to redevelop Brookhill Village off South Tryon Street are seeking nearly $20 million in public and private support for the project, which would include both affordable and market-rate apartments. The Charlotte City Council will get a briefing Monday and could vote later this month on the request, which would end years of uncertainty about the future of the community.

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Mecklenburg County officials said last month that a long-time goal of affordable housing on county-owned land in uptown Charlotte isn't financially feasible. But other property owners in the North Tryon Street area think it is, including First United Methodist Church.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

The affordable housing crisis has made its way into the Democratic presidential race, more so than in any previous election. 

A rendering of the planned "Ballantyne Reimagined" project.
Northwood Office

Two Charlotte City Council members said a planned redevelopment in Ballantyne needs more affordable housing.

Drawing shows the concept for a redevelopment of two blocks along North Tryon Street in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/DaVinci Development Collaborative

Plans for a major redevelopment of two-blocks along North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte have fallen apart after several partners involved couldn't agree on key issues - including how the project might include affordable housing. County officials say affordable housing won't be part of a new scaled-down version of the  Seventh & Tryon project - though affordable housing could be built outside uptown.

The 104 apartments will be built on the campus of the YWCA, on Park Road.
YWCA Central Carolinas

YWCA Central Carolinas announced plans Thursday to build 104 affordable apartments on its Park Road campus in Charlotte. 


The power of zoning and regulations to encourage or squelch affordable housing was a theme that came up repeatedly Thursday at a Building the Dream housing forum in Charlotte.

Parking lots at Lake Arbor Apartments are empty and the apartments are vacant after the owners ordered everyone out to prepare for renovations - and apparently a sale.
David Boraks / WFAE

All but one tenant has moved out of the run-down Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte after the owners ordered everyone out to make way for renovations. But a legal battle with the landlords continues, and tenants last week won a round — just as it appeared the complex was about to be sold to new investors.

Kiplin Automotive Group

A Charlotte car dealership is offering a place for people living in cars to stay the night while they look for permanent housing.

Habitat Charlotte/Our Towns Habitat

The Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Charlotte and Lake Norman are merging, a move they say will save millions of dollars over the next decade and help them build or repair housing for more low-income families.

Charlotte skyline
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We are beginning the second year of our affordable housing series, Finding Home. In 2019, we had a story nearly every Monday on the Charlotte area’s affordable housing crisis. In 2020, Finding Home airs every other Monday on "Morning Edition," And we start with today’s guest, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson discusses proposed fair housing rules changes Tuesday at Renaissance West.
David Boraks / WFAE

Federal housing secretary Ben Carson unveiled plans Tuesday in Charlotte to roll back an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing racial segregation in housing. Carson announced a new rule that he says would increase housing choices for families. 

Devloper Nate Bowman talked to residents about his proposed Valea project in Huntersville Wednesday night at the Dellwood Center.
David Boraks / WFAE

A Huntersville housing developer says he's putting on hold a 101-unit project in a historically African American neighborhood because of neighbors' concerns. It's a rare case where organized opposition has given a voice to residents threatened by gentrification. 

Jasmine Johnson and her family now have a rental house in west Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

One of Charlotte's biggest housing stories this year has been the effort to find homes for hundreds of displaced residents at Lake Arbor apartments in west Charlotte.

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins talks with Vanessa Phillips (center) and Stephanie Little during a public conversation on affordable housing at the Gantt Center last week.
Jeff Cravotta / WFAE

All this year, we’ve brought you stories each Monday that look at the Charlotte area’s affordable housing crisis. Our Finding Home series has had stories that examine the scope of the problem and what’s being done about it. There have been stories of hope, and stories of despair.

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Police officers, first responders and public school teachers will soon be eligible for home buying assistance in Mecklenburg County.

'One Job Should Be Enough': How Charlotte's Low-Wage Jobs Make Housing Unaffordable

Nov 4, 2019
A sign in a East Durham Bake Shop advertises it pays a living wage
Emma Foley / Charlotte Observer For Charlotte Journalism Collaborative

Consider Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis as a math problem. Housing costs are too high. Wages are too low. How do you solve it?

So far, the community has focused on half the equation, raising and spending tens of millions to build and subsidize affordable units, while largely ignoring the issue of poverty-wage jobs.