A longtime Charlotte housing expert has been named to lead private-sector efforts to spur development of affordable housing in the city. Ralphine Caldwell will start work in March as executive director of a new Charlotte office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC.

Renaissance West sits on 41 acres off West Boulevard where the Boulevard Homes housing project once stood.
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Charlotte leaders spent 2018 talking about how to speed up development of new affordable housing units and save existing ones. In 2019, there will be more money, new partners and new processes for achieving that goal. City leaders now are discussing how to carry out the unprecedented $125 million plan and what it's paying for.