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Charlotte City Council approve COVID relief funds, affordable housing at Monday meeting

At Monday's meeting, City Council approved four city-owned lots to be made into affordable housing properties.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Monday night, Charlotte City Council is planning to cover a lot of ground from leveraging city-owned land for high-quality affordable housing, to deciding who to give millions of dollars of COVID-19 relief funds from the American Rescue Act.

Affordable housing in Charlotte

Right now, the city is working with developers to finalize affordable housing proposals at four vacant city-owned properties which they identify as suitable for affordable housing developments. 

At Monday's meeting, City Council approved four city-owned lots to be made into affordable housing properties: 

  • 11217 Providence Road West
  • 1654 Newland Road
  • 7605 University City Boulevard
  • 7204/7202 South Boulevard

Multi-family rental developments are tentatively slated for the properties off Providence Road West, University City Blvd, and South Blvd. A single-family, for-sale townhome development is proposed for a property on Newland Road. 

According to the City of Charlotte, the city needs an additional 32,000 affordable housing units to meet the current need.

Housing is considered affordable if a family spends no more than 30% of their income to live there.

"In Mecklenburg County right now, we have about 30%, 31% of households that are cost-burdened," Samuel Gunter, executive director of the North Carolina Housing Coalition, said. "They're spending more than 30% of their income on their housing, and that burden is disproportionately born by renters."

Using the 30% rule, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners recently received data that a person in Charlotte needs to make a salary of $56,268 a year to afford a one-bedroom apartment and $70,704 to live in a two-bedroom apartment.

RELATED: Mecklenburg County housing and rental markets are hot, disparities continue

WCNC Charlotte is always asking "where's the money?" If you need help, reach out to the Defenders team by emailing money@wcnc.com.

COVID-19 relief funds

COVID-19 relief funds were also up for discussion, and city council members approved the use of the American Rescue Plan to fund up to $19 million for small businesses and hospitality, more than three million in grants for nonprofits, and more than a million dollars for local food production. 

The city already received $71 million from the U.S Treasury last year, with another installment expected in May.  

Charlotte City Council also discussed a five-year contract for new body cameras for CMPD with an estimated cost of $4 million.

Contact Tradesha Woodard at twoodard1@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Contact Kendall Morris at kmorris2@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 

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