How is the City of Charlotte addressing the affordable housing crisis?

CHARLOTTE — It’s clear that affordable housing is becoming harder to find in Charlotte and its surrounding areas, but what’s being done about it?

Channel 9 spoke to Joerica Rhodes during our first ”Priced out of Charlotte” special in 2018.

“Since my son was born, I have moved 18 times in 10 years,” she said then. She and her kids were living in the Salvation Army’s shelter.

After the story aired, they moved into an apartment. But fast forward to now -- nearly five years later -- and they are back where they once were.

“I couldn’t afford $1,500 a month in rent, so I am back out here,” she said.

Since 2018, voters have approved $150 million in housing bonds, not to mention tens of millions of dollars contributed from the private sector and COVID funds.

“Where is all this money going?” Rhodes asked. “That’s what I want to know.”

>> In the video at the top of the page, city leaders outline the strides they’ve made toward more affordable housing, though they say there is much more work to be done.

(WATCH BELOW: Need for affordable housing increases as availability decreases, Meck County reports)

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