Category Archives: Housing

“Evicted” Author Speaks to Crowd in Charlotte

In a highly-anticipated community event in Charlotte, author and Princeton professor Matthew Desmond discussed his Pulitzer-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City before a crowd of 700 on September 27th. Nine community groups sponsored the Desmond discussion, including ULI Charlotte and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association. With community discussion and research ongoing around the problem of a lack of economic mobility in Charlotte, the September 27 public lecture by Desmond drew such demand that the free public tickets were snapped up in less than 24 hours. Some 40 book … Read More

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Top Speakers for Affordable Housing Lunch | Oct. 10 | Register Today

So many questions: How do we do it? What are tools being discussed for implementing Affordable Housing in Charlotte? What is happening in other cities that Charlotte may be able to implement? As housing affordability needs increase, cities have shown unprecedented commitment and creativity in response. We can’t just build our way out of this. There is no single strategy for meeting housing needs, but consensus is emerging on what a complete toolbox includes. Our panel will discuss a variety of tools and examples from around the U.S. as well … Read More

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Housing Resources

Housing is a key to creating and sustaining thriving communities, and ULI is a leading provider of research and analysis on issues that affect housing. Affordable and workforce housing is an ongoing area of focus, and we also closely watch how demographic trends affect demand for housing—today and into the future. Browse the resources and research around housing. Resources are added as they become available – http://charlotte.uli.org/housing/

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Facing the Challenges of Affordable Senior Housing

From Urbanland: The Magazine of the Urban Land Institute.  By Jeremy Harper The lack of affordable housing for the growing senior population in the United States is a looming crisis and deserves more attention and resources from both the private sector and government, according to a leading advocate for aging issues. Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, a national association of aging services and housing providers, says that the expected increase over the next several decades of people in their 80s and 90s living on … Read More

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From NIMBY to YIMBY: Making a More Compelling Case for Housing

From Urbanland: The Magazine of the Urban Land Institute.  By Jeremy Harper Backing sympathetic elected officials, focusing on the human impacts of the housing shortage, and mobilizing nonvocal supporters for new projects are all effective ways to overcome NIMBY-ism over affordable housing projects, a panel of advocates said during the ULI Housing Opportunity 2017 Conference in New Orleans. Overcoming neighborhood opposition is often the highest hurdle facing developers of affordable housing, but a new wave of advocates and grass-roots groups—sometimes called YIMBYs for “yes in my backyard”—are working to build community support for … Read More

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RECAP: Affordable Housing Conversation Series

RECAP:  Affordable Housing Conversation Series On July 13, 2017, ULI Charlotte members gathered to discuss Affordable Housing.  Below are some notes from the first conversation. The goal of these conversations is to coordinate efforts around affordable housing.  ULI Charlotte asked, “where is our space in the affordable housing conversation?”  Our focus is to communicate the importance and benefits of workforce and affordable housing.  These discussions are intended to share what’s happening in the community, what are some opportunities, and what are some of the faces and numbers of the people … Read More

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What Do Affluent Communities Need? More Workforce Housing

Multimillion-dollar beachfront homes, gated communities, and lavish golf courses are common in Collier County, Florida. Collier—a Gulf of Mexico–facing county near the state’s southern tip—is a popular destination for wealthy retirees and others seeking a resort-style lifestyle either part time or year round. The county, whose largest city is Naples, had the highest per-capita personal income of any county in the state in 2015. Read more at UrbanLand.

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RECAP:  WLI Discusses Affordable Housing

On August 11, women ULI members gathered to discuss affordable housing and the realities in the Charlotte market.  Beginning with a review of The New Yorker article titled Forced Out, Pam Wideman, Deputy Director of Neighborhood and Business Services, lead a discussion of the shocking circumstances for families in our community.  Some of the general discussions included: The City of Charlotte estimates there are 34,000 affordable housing units are needed in community today. Some of our community has a fear of affordable housing in their neighborhood.  There is a misconception that … Read More

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