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.

Steadfast in its mission, Charlotte Habitat for Humanity battles rising home prices

Some homes that Habitat built and sold in Optimist Park in 1987 now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars more, pricing many out.

Addressing displacement: Charlotte nonprofits work to preserve aging homes

Habitat for Humanity’s critical home repair program presents an alternative that keeps residents in their homes.

As Latino homeownership grows, Charlotte-area buyers find affordability outside the city

Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic in North Carolina and the U.S. and they’re a younger demographic, which means more of them are entering their peak years for home buying.

Pride Builds from Habitat for Humanity could help the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte’s LGBTQ+ community.

Here’s what other Habitat organizations have done, and what can be done in Charlotte to replicate those results.

A Habitat for Humanity in Virginia turns to 3D printing, but what about Charlotte?

In 2021, a Virginia family got the keys to Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed home in the nation, and now they’re building two more.

Habitat for Humanity could be the key to affordable NC homes, but obstacles limit its reach

While the state boasts the third-highest number of Habitat homes built in the U.S. some counties lack the resources to address housing needs.

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Las siguientes historias representan el trabajo de seis reporteros y se combinan para crear una exploración exhaustiva de uno de los modelos más antiguos de viviendas asequibles en Charlotte. Es parte de ‘I Can’t Afford to Live Here’, un proyecto de reportaje colaborativo de varios años centrado en soluciones para la crisis de viviendas asequibles.

About the project

To strengthen local journalism and encourage greater connection between reporters and Charlotte residents,

Solutions Journalism Network launched the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative (CJC) in 2019. The CJC is a partnership of seven major media companies and other local institutions focusing on issues of major importance to the Charlotte region. Members of the collaborative include The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, La Noticia, QCity Metro, Qnotes, WCNC-TV and WFAE 90.7 FM, as well as the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The CJC is supported by a combination of local and national grants and sponsorships. 

The CJC is modeled on the Solutions Journalism Network method of investigating and reporting news with a primary focus on solutions to community problems. “At a time when local journalism jobs are disappearing and trust in media has hit an all-time low, the Solutions Journalism Network has taken on the challenge by organizing collaborative journalism reporting projects that promote excellent reporting and civic dialogue. the model has the potential to be part of a new wave of great local reporting, which is vital to building strong communities,” said Karen Rundlet, Knight Foundation director for journalism.

Thank you to the following organizations who support the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative.

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