Charlotte Affordable Housing

Some Employers Pay Minimum Wage Of $16 Per Hour Or More. But Many Workers Are Left Out.

Nov 4, 2019
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  There’s been good news on the Charlotte wage front in the past couple of years: Some of the city’s largest employers have announced significant minimum wage increases – as much as $17 an hour at Bank of America and $16 for city of Charlotte employees.

Uptown Charlotte is seen Sept. 20, 2019, from Suttle Avenue.
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Charlotte is facing an affordable housing crisis. Both the city and Mecklenburg County are growing, and as more people move in, the housing supply is dwindling. Lower-income families are hit the hardest.

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Affordable housing, the Brooklyn Village redevelopment, honors for a late civil rights activist — the Charlotte City Council sure has a lot on its plate this week! Here's what WFAE reporters will be keeping an eye on during City Council's particularly busy meeting Monday night.

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Mecklenburg County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to spend $8.4 million on helping the county’s poorest residents find housing.

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The Mecklenburg County Commission is poised to consider three new affordable housing programs this week. Each is focused on helping the county's poorest or most at-risk populations, including seniors and people with disabilities who are chronically homeless, and victims of domestic violence.

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Finding housing can be tough even when you have a reliable job and a good credit score. It can be an even bigger challenge for a portion of the population that lacks rental and credit histories and stable income — young adults. Add the rising cost of rent to that list, and the deck can be stacked high against 18- to 24-year-olds trying to find a safe and secure place to live.

New York investors who own Lake Arbor Apartments say they'll spend at least $2 million over the next year to renovate the complex.
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Residents of the Lake Arbor Apartments in west Charlotte pleaded with City Council on Monday night for help in finding a new place to live. The owners of the 300-unit complex have said all residents must leave so they can renovate the units.

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Charlotte leaders are pushing to create and preserve more affordable housing to make up for a shortage of what city officials say is at least 24,000 units. And as developers approach City Council for rezonings, lately they’ve been including more of this type of housing. 

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WFAE's Finding Home series has primarily focused on the affordable housing needs in Charlotte, but the issue is prevalent throughout our region — urban, suburban and rural areas.

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Around 175 affordable housing units are being planned for Charlotte’s Ballantyne neighborhood.

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Charlotte City Council has approved funding for several new affordable housing projects.

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Charlotte City Council could approve millions of dollars in spending on economic development and affordable housing initiatives Monday night.

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In Charlotte, 84% of residential land is zoned for single-family homes. City planners here have tossed around the idea of opening those neighborhoods up to other types of housing – more duplexes and some triplexes, for example.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says she’s hoping for a unanimous vote to approve eight affordable housing projects at next week’s City Council meeting. If approved, the projects would cost $12.8 million, with funding from the Housing Trust Fund.

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The city of Charlotte is recommending that eight affordable housing projects receive money from the Housing Trust Fund.

A site plan shows the layout of apartments proposed on Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church's site.
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A church in north Charlotte's Hidden Valley neighborhood wants to sell some of its land for affordable housing. Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church on West Sugar Creek Road is asking the city to rezone about 4 1/2 acres for the project.

Charlotte skyline.
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Charlotte City Council members Monday evening will get updates on the city’s affordable housing partnerships. A council vote is also scheduled on changes to the policy that guides where new affordable housing units are built.   

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Charlotte residents can add their voices to the city’s ongoing discussions about affordable housing during Monday's City Council meeting.