CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Housing Authority is recognizing Housing America Month in October.
The agency says Charlotte’s most vulnerable residents, including working families, are having a hard time finding safe, affordable housing in the city because rents and home prices continue to increase faster than wages.
“Charlotte must improve the quality of affordable, workforce housing, and address the economically and racially segregated housing patterns that deepen these inequities,” CEO Fulton Meachem said.
Housing America Month is a national campaign launched by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers to raise awareness of the need for and importance of safe, quality and affordable housing.
One in three households in Charlotte pay more than 30 percent of income on housing costs and 34,000 affordable housing units needed in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.
The Charlotte Housing Authority recently built an affordable senior living complex called The Landing at Park Road and has several additional projects in the pipeline, but the organization believes it will take a dedicated community-wide effort to tackle this issue on the local level.
“Our city is facing a housing crisis and our organization is committed to doing our part, but this is a big problem that require big ideas and collaboration between government ad the private sector to solve.”
Visit www.cha-nc.org for details.