Living Wage

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

County commissioners approved a budget Tuesday that forces Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. But all the discussion was about another matter: Failure to help students of color succeed. 

'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.