Community Link

Da'Monique Leggett is getting housing help and career training through a new program that tries to improve outcomes for students by supporting their families.
David Boraks / WFAE

Here's a No. 1 ranking you don't want: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leads North Carolina with the largest population of homeless students — more than 4,700 last year. A new program by two Charlotte agencies aims to help some of those students by getting their families into stable housing and higher-paying jobs.

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 voters Tuesday approved a bond referendum that more-than triples the city’s contribution to a trust fund designed to help developers build or renovate affordable housing. A 2016 study found that Charlotte lacks about 34,000 such units. 

Floyd Davis, Jr. is president of Community Link, an organization that works to help people find and keep safe and affordable housing in Charlotte. Davis spoke with WFAE's Mark Rumsey and said he's delighted with Tuesday's bond approval.