Articles about Housing and Homelessness

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Introducing the homelessness prevention integrated data report
   October 31, 2022
Bridget Anderson
Jenny Hutchinson, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

(This article has been reposted with permission from the Building Bridges Blog. To see original article, visit http://mecklenburghousingdata.org/)

Last year my family found itself in a difficult situation. As we approached the end of our lease, our landlord notified us that our rent would increase $150 per month if we renewed....

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Four things I wish I'd known about Charlotte's housing market before I started writing about it
   September 15, 2022

No local issue has been bigger than housing in Charlotte for the past few years — specifically, how much it costs to find a place to live. 

The soaring cost of housing dominates local news, local government meetings and local conversations. Talk to anyone in Charlotte, and it won’t be long before you hear some version of the following stories: Cruising some Zillow listings in a nearby...

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Local leaders are worried about corporate landlords, but find their ‘hands tied’
   April 13, 2022

Wall Street-backed companies are buying thousands of single-family homes and turning them into rentals across the Charlotte region. Local officials are worried about the effects on affordability, home ownership and equity — but there isn’t much they can do to directly stop the trend. 

That’s what Mecklenburg County commissioners heard this week from county staff and a panel of local...

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Examining housing needs at Brookhill Village in the event of redevelopment
   February 10, 2022

In 2020, Lookout Housing Ventures proposed a redevelopment plan for Brookhill Village, a 36-acre naturally occurring affordable housing development near the intersection of Remount Road and South Boulevard. Although the proposed development has not moved forward, the approximately 120 households of Brookhill Village may be at risk of displacement if Brookhill Village were to be redeveloped...

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With homeless numbers rising, Charlotte-Mecklenburg works on a new plan
   September 14, 2021

With the number of people experiencing homelessness in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County rising dramatically in the past year, local governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses are gearing up to implement a new plan over the next few years. 

A major goal of the 2025 Charlotte-Mecklenburg...

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Watch: Housing, urban renewal and equity in Charlotte
   August 25, 2021

Decades of housing policy, from redlining to legal segregation to "urban renewal," have left Charlotte a deeply unequal city, contributing to a large racial wealth gap and vastly different rates of homeownership between residents of different races.

On Aug. 24, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute researcher Angelique Gaines and assistant director Ely Portillo joined local experts for a...

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Data that show why Charlotte houses are so expensive - and scarce
   July 28, 2021

Buying a house in the Charlotte region has, in many ways, never been more challenging. Buyers face a dizzying array of obstacles: A historic supply crunch, skyrocketing prices and homes that sell faster and faster each month. 

The reasons are numerous. Housing supply never fully recovered after the 2008 economic crash and Great Recession drove homebuilders out of business; pandemic-...

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Mapping displacement risk in Charlotte
   July 14, 2021

Providence Adu

As Charlotte grows rapidly, concerns about gentrification and displacement have become key issues for city government to address. Tracking gentrification and displacement can be challenging, as this process of neighborhood change is slow and takes many forms across space and time. However, when analyzed with viable data sources, areas that are potentially vulnerable to gentrification and...

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Charlotte annexations keep adding to city’s area
   July 7, 2021

When it comes to growth, Charlotte continues to add not just people, but land. 

Unlike many other large cities landlocked by either political borders, rivers or oceans, Charlotte is still surrounded by thousands of acres of unincorporated land that can...

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