In July, the news organizations that make up CJC decided to explore the Habitat model to better understand how it works, its benefits and its limitations. This comes on the heels of local reporting on the 2023 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which built 27 new homes at the Meadows at Plato Place, a community in west Charlotte. It also coincides with the 40-year anniversary of the local Habitat affiliate.
Even in a changing world where some question whether homeownership remains an essential part of the American dream, owning a home remains an important tool for creating generational wealth and building economic mobility.
The following stories show Habitat’s impact on families and neighborhoods in Charlotte.
In this CJC series, we share stories of homeownership, examine critical home repair programs, explain how 3D printing could bring innovation to Charlotte, and explore how partnerships support the housing needs of the LGBTQ+ community. We look beyond Charlotte to explore rural affiliates and areas without a local Habitat, and talk with Latino homeowners about their experience finding affordability in surrounding counties.
The stories represent the work of six reporters and combine to create a comprehensive exploration of one of the oldest models for affordable housing in Charlotte. It is part of our “I Can’t Afford to Live Here,” project – a multi-year collaborative reporting project focused on solutions to the affordable housing crisis.
The Charlotte Journalism Collaborative is supported by local and national grants and sponsorships, including NC Local News Lab Fund, Solutions Journalism Network, Knight Foundation, Wells Fargo, Foundation for the Carolinas, DreamKey Partners and NC Local News Workshop.
Members of the collaborative include Carolina Public Press, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, La Noticia, QCity Metro, Qnotes, The Charlotte Observer, WCNC-Charlotte, and WFAE 90.7 FM.
by Chase Jordan, The Charlotte Observer | Finding an affordable home in the Charlotte region is becoming harder for people with low to moderate incomes, UNC Charlotte researchers said Thursday.…Read More