Affordable Housing

Courtesy of Lawana Mayfield

Affordable housing. It’s a term we hear a lot in Charlotte.  But what does it mean? According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing is considered affordable if no more than 30 percent of income is spent on household expenses. For Charlotte, that amounts to a wage of about $17.12 needed in order to afford market-rate housing.  

bridge over I-85
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Charlotte voters have an extra page at the bottom of their ballots this month. The city is asking voters to approve $218.44 million in bonds for transportation, housing and neighborhood improvements.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts addresses Monday's City Council meeting, saying racism needs to be solved collectively.
David Boraks / WFAE

The police shooting of an African -American man in Charlotte last month sparked protests not just about policing, but also about racism and inequality. In an open letter a week ago, Charlotte City Council pledged new policies and programs. Monday night, the council took what it called "the first steps."

In a single unanimous vote, the City Council approved a series of measures in response to community anger and frustration after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.  They include:

Developers Pass On Charlotte Low-Income Housing Incentive

Oct 10, 2015
Charlotte Observer

By Steve Harrison/Charlotte Observer

Nearly three years ago, the Charlotte City Council approved an affordable housing “density bonus” for developers.

If a developer wanted to build in affluent areas, the city would allow it to build extra units if it included some apartments or homes for low-income residents.

But no one has participated in the program, and the city may be starting over.

Tasnim Shamma

The Charlotte Housing Authority opened its waitlist for Section 8 housing for the first time in seven years and it has already received more than 10,000 applications.

City of Charlotte

Charlotte’s City Council voted Monday night to encourage more affordable housing near rapid transit stations, such as light rail, to give families with lower incomes easier access to public transportation, and education and job opportunities along with it. But, the council decided to exempt one of its signature projects, the Blue Line Extension.


162 Homeless People Housed In 100 Days

Sep 23, 2013

Nonprofit and government agencies serving the homeless population in Charlotte have quietly accelerated their efforts in the last three months – aiming to house 100 people in 100 days.  They exceeded that goal.


WFAE

 A few weeks ago, Charlotte City Council voted unanimously to give developers a “density bonus” for building workforce housing in affluent parts of the city. The bonus would make affordable housing available for purchase for those who make eighty percent of the area’s median income, and for renters who make sixty percent of the median income. It sounds like a generous move, but is that enough for the city’s poorest residents? A recent study suggests that the city has a shortfall of more than 15,000 units for those earning less than 30 percent of the area median income. How much affordable housing is enough, and who should be responsible for providing it and deciding where it goes? A look inside Charlotte’s affordable housing situation, when Charlotte Talks.

City of Charlotte

City leaders believe Charlotte has a shortage of housing that's affordable to families making less than $54,000 a year. Monday night, the city council is expected to approve a new zoning ordinance aimed at changing that. WFAE's Julie Rose reports: