Community Letter

​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:

  1. Trust in community policing
  2. Quality affordable housing
  3. Good jobs and the skills to get them
  4. 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

​The Charlotte, One Year Later website​ and report will highlight city government’s commitment to Charlotte, progress on its Community Letter, and stories from partner institutions and invested members of our community. This includes important efforts such as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, Leading on Opportunity Council, Housing First Charlotte and other community-wide initiatives spearheaded by corporations, non-profits, and other government agencies.

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​Prior Updates to Council

8/28/2017Affordable Housing Presentation August 28.pdf
8/28/2017FY2018 Housing Funding Support Presentation August 28.pdf
7/28/2017National Night Out.pdf
6/5/2017June 5 Community Letter Presentation Workshop Final.pdf
4/3/2017April 3 Community Letter Presentation Workshop Final.pdf
3/6/2017March 6 Community Letter Presentation Workshop Final.pdf
2/13/2017February 13 Council Business Meeting Community Policing Presentation.pdf
2/6/2017February 6th Community Action Plan Affordable Housing Presentation.pdf
1/26/2017January 26 Council retreat discussion Community Action Plan FINAL.pdf
1/9/2017January 9 Council Dinnerbriefing.pdf
12/5/2016December 5 Council Workshop_FINALv2.pdf
10/3/2016Letter to the Community - 10.3.16 - Charlotte City Council.pdf
2/7/2016November 7 Council Workshop_FINAL.pdf