A Place To Call Home

A place to call home is the foundation for a productive life. As our city grows, it must create housing opportunities to include all members of our community -- from hourly workers and service providers to young professionals.

What makes housing affordable? Affordable housing costs no more than 30% of your gross income.

  • For a preschool teacher or cashier earning $8/hour, rent costing $400/month is considered affordable.
  • For a bus driver or home health aide earning $25,000 a year, rent of $625/month is considered affordable.
  • For a software engineer or new attorney earning $80,000/year, housing costing $2,000/month is affordable.

We invite you to join us in advocating for affordable homes for all…by joining our affordable housing advocacy network. Email Donna Tarney to learn more.

Faith In Housing: An Initiative for Congregations to Create Affordable Housing

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Using our voices for advocacy - Our Affordable Housing Agenda for 2019

In the year to come we will:

  • (1) advocate for County and CMS-owned “surplus” parcels of land to be made available to private and non-profit developers at nominal cost, conditioned on their use for mixed-income housing with a substantial component for those with the highest need,
  • (2) start our listening campaign on displacement to foster diverse communities by enabling low-income renters and homeowners remain in their neighborhoods as housing prices rise with new investments,
  • (3) Continue our Faith In Housing initiative for congregations to create affordable housing 
  • (4) Continue our support of the Housing Justice Coalition to give voice to those experiencing displacement and homelessness in how our community spends public bond dollars.
View an excerpt of our presentation to set this agenda here: 2019 Jan 24 AH presentation
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Using our voices for advocacy - 2018 initiatives making a difference

The Stan Greenspon Center along with our coalition partners successfully lobbied for the following:

  • Expanding short-term rental subsidies. We had SUCCESS! $2.7 million for A Way Home in the 2018-19 City Budget
  • “Hold 30% for 30%.”  SUCCESSFUL COMPROMISE!  20% of units funded by housing bonds are now required to be set aside for under 30% AMI plus the possibility of an additional 10% units subsidized by vouchers and/or third party rental subsidies.
  • Grassroots participation: The Housing Charlotte Framework that was unanimously approved by City Council in August 2018 mandates grassroots participation with the following language: 
    • To ensure community collaboration, the City will implement a process improvement to inform and seek community input on bond-funded housing support requests, specifically including those who advocate for or are personally impacted by displacement and homelessness. Additionally, LISC – the City’s affordable housing intermediary – will establish a local advisory council to ensure comparable community participation.

  • Learn more about our platform for the $50 million housing bond referendum that passed in November 2018 clicking here.

Read the Housing Charlotte Framework that passed City Council unanimously on August 27, 2018 by clicking here.

The Color of Law Community Book Read - Continuing the Conversation

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Hearing the voices of those who benefit

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Souls of Our Neighbors was created by Crossroads Charlotte, MeckMin, and Temple Beth El of Charlotte, North Carolina. To purchase the entire documentary contact meckmin.org.