• VOTE 2018: Affordable housing bond for Charlotte passes

    By: Kristin Leigh

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One of the biggest issues on the ballot in Charlotte was a $50 million affordable housing bond, which has been a top priority for Charlotte City Council all year.

    The bond passed by a wide margin Tuesday night.

    [LINK: Affordable housing guide]

    Anchor Kristin Leigh stopped voters earlier Tuesday as they came out of a University City polling site to ask about the affordable housing bond, and people have done their research.

    [CLICK Here for Election Results]

    University City Partners Executive Director Diane Heater believes affordable housing should be near transportation hubs like the light rail and urges voters to support the bond referendum.

    [ALSO READ: Queen City struggling with affordable housing crisis]

    “For us to be able to work with these developers, then we have to be able to say, with confidence, that our city is going to be able to participate,” Heater said.

    Not everyone supported the housing bond.

    The city has been criticized for using the money to subsidize developers rather than using it to provide housing for those who live below the poverty line.

    Heaters agrees there's a shortage in housing for low-income families but said there's also a shortage for people like teachers and police officers.

    She said those families will benefit from the housing bond.

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