Council approves nearly 1,000 new affordable housing units
Gregg Watkins
Council approves nearly 1,000 new affordable housing units

City Council unanimously approved an affordable housing request that will place 950 units in service at approximately half the cost of prior city affordable housing investments.

"If you work in Charlotte, you ought to be able to live in Charlotte," said Mayor Vi Lyles.

Council approved spending nearly $17.7 million for eight affordable housing projects, allocating $12.8 million from the Housing Trust Fund and transferring $4.9 million in city-owned land.

The eight projects also include $10.4 million from the private Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund and approximately $5 million in reduced interest.

The 950 units are targeted for people with varied income levels, including:  

  • 20 percent for households earning 30 percent of the area median income (AMI), or about $26,300 for a family of four

  • 40 percent for households making 60 percent AMI, or $47,400 for a four-person household

  • 37 percent for households making at least 80 percent AMI, or $63,200 and greater.

To ensure community collaboration in future affordable housing projects, 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.