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Charlotte Church donates land and buildings for affordable housing project – WSOC TV

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CHARLOTTE — A local church is stepping in to help ease Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis.

Caldwell Presbyterian Church donates land and buildings to Elizabeth, one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods.

The goal is to convert an existing building into 21 affordable apartment units over the next two years.

The studios will be intended for people who are homeless or who have an annual contract
low income between $17,000 and $35,000.

Several years ago, Caldwell Presbyterian housed dozens of homeless women. Now church leaders say they want to return to that tradition of helping the community.

“We did a long, hard study of what we were passionate about as a church and a church organization and the work in affordable housing really shined through,” said Eddy Capote, the initiative’s leader. for the congregation. “We had previously hosted an emergency shelter here on the property and it had just reinvigorated the church and we wanted to recreate that.”

The church hopes to begin construction later this year and open the units by 2024, but funding remains a hurdle.

So far, the church said it has raised or received more than $4 million to fund the project, but it is still about $2 million short of getting the apartments off the ground.

“The big challenge has been funding,” Capote said. “Affordable housing is not affordable to build, so it’s a $6.5 million project. … We have a funding gap, so any help and funding can be great.

More information can be found on the church website.

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