One Sedgefield neighborhood project, a mixed-income development that would replace existing housing, needs a waiver from the council because the homeownership rate among nearby properties is slightly lower than city policy allows.
Some district council members have complained that the city piles on subsidized housing in neighborhoods that are already struggling to improve and bring up their property values. A city policy is meant to avoid such concentration.
But council member Patsy Kinsey, the Sedgefield area's representative, said she didn't have a problem with the project.
Charlotte's Housing Trust Fund has recommended spending a total of $9.3 million in city money on a number of housing projects that would serve the homeless, elderly and victims of domestic abuse.
The trust fund awards money annually to nonprofit organizations and private developers to offset the cost of building affordable housing. City staff presented the recommendations to the City Council on Monday, and the council is scheduled to vote on two projects as early as June 8, and the rest on June 22.
The trust fund board has approved nine projects that include a total of 944 housing units.
Click here to see information about each project. (Scroll to the bottom, page 39, to see a map).
- Julia Oliver