Charlotte's Community Letter
Charlotte’s Community Letter is about everyone working together – across all communities – to make Charlotte the best city for all.
That means four things in particular:
Trust in community policing
Quality affordable housing
Good jobs and the skills to get them
Other opportunities - the community letter is just the beginning.
Charlotte City Council adopted these actions to address our city’s challenging issues in partnership with the community at-large, following the Charlotte demonstrations.
Upcoming Council Milestones
Check this page regularly for updates.
August 28 Community Letter Update (posted 8/28/17)
Charlotte City Council received updates on work related to the
Community Letteradopted by Council following the Charlotte demonstrations to address the city’s challenging issues.
City government makes progress on affordable housing goals
Less than one year after Charlotte City Council reaffirmed in the Community Letter the council’s commitment to the expansion of affordable housing, the city announced Aug. 28 that it has achieved 44 percent of council’s goal to create 5,000 affordable housing units in three years.
There have been 2,219 affordable housing units completed and committed from January 2016 to August 2017, Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Pam Wideman reported Monday during a special City Council meeting. Affordable housing is defined as the occupant paying no more than 30 percent of his or her gross income for gross housing costs, including utility costs.
Additionally, City Council will consider approval of Fiscal Year 2018 Housing Trust Fund requests during the Sept. 25 council meeting that would add 769 more affordable housing units, bringing council to 60 percent of its goal. The City of Charlotte’s Housing Trust Fund was created in 2001 to provide gap financing to affordable housing developers through a competitive Request for Proposal process. To date, the city’s Housing Trust Fund has financed more than 6,000 units.
In January 2016, the City Council committed to providing 5,000 affordable housing units in five years. City Council’s Community Letter, issued on Oct. 3, 2016, reaffirmed and expedited the council’s commitment to the expansion of affordable housing through the creation of 5,000 units within three years.
The central hub for information and updates can be found on the city's website at